The State Government have decided to issue a policy for the development of wind energy. The policy shall prevail over the general policy declared for promoting generation of power through non-conventional energy sources issued in the year 2002.This policy will be known as "Wind Energy Policy" and it shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Gazette of the Government of Chhattisgarh and remain in force until further revision.
The main points of the policy are as follows:
Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) will be the nodal agency for the wind power development in the State, under the Department of Energy. CREDA shall carry out the wind monitoring for the identification of wind power potential in the State.
Participation of private sector shall also be encouraged. Any renowned wind energy consulting firm or
manufacturer of wind energy generators-which is enlisted with the Ministry of Non-Conventional
Energy Sources, Government of India and is interested in wind energy prospecting-may be permitted to
conduct wind monitoring. No two prospectors shall be allowed to conduct studies within 50 Km apart.
The allotted firm shall carry out the monitoring for at least 24 consecutive months and shall have its
data verified by the institution recommended by the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources for
the purpose. After receiving the verified and certified, 'monitored data' the site will be declared as
an "eligible site".
The wind energy developer will be selected on the basis of an open
tender for the installation of wind energy generators at "eligible site"
identified by CREDA. Such developer will be given the land use right for the
installation of generator of the land within 25 Km radius of "eligible site".
If any private developer identifies an "eligible site", then first right for
installation of the generator will be given to that developer for the land within 10 Km
radius of "eligible site".
Grid interfacing and maintenance will be undertaken by
the developer as per the specifications of the Chhattisgarh
State Electricity Board at their own expenses. However should
the developer so desire, the Chhattisgarh State Electricity
Board could undertake these works, on payment of charges to be
decided by it.
State Government or its nominated agency shall have the first right to purchase the electrical
energy generated by the wind energy generator at the rate decided by Chhattisgarh
State Electricity Regulatory Commission. In the case of non-purchase of the power by
the State Government or its nominated agency, developer will be at liberty to sale the
power to a third party.
Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board will undertake to
transmit on its grid the power generated by
the eligible developer and make it available
to him for captive use or to the third party
nominated by him (developer), at the charges
determined by the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission,
irrespective of the distance from the generating station.
The land use permission for the land owned by the Government
will be given to the developer for 30 years or period of project which- ever is
earlier. The government land required for such project shall be allotted to the
selected developer in accordance with the requirement conveyed by the Energy department
to the Revenue department.
If private land is required for the implementation of power projects then the option for
its use will be one of the following: -
Acquisition of land will be carried out as per the ideal rehabilitation
policy under land acquisition act of the State Government.
If landowner selects the option to give the right to use his land for
the project to the developer then developer shall have to pay an annual rent of Rs . 5000/- per
acre to the landowner. This rent will be increased @ 15% every three years. This arrangement will
be in force for 30 years. The time-limit for land use right can be further increased with the approval
from State Government subject to the developer following all terms and conditions of the MOU.
Necessary approvals for the project from all departments will be accorded as per the provisions of
the Chhattisgarh Industrial Investment Promotion act.
Wind energy generating companies shall be also eligible for all
the incentives for new industries, declared in the industrial policy of
the Department of Industries of the Government of Chhattisgarh. Such firms will
have to abide by the duties laid down in the industrial policy and in all the
prevalent policies of the Government.