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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:06

Seven windmill projects proposed on tribal land in Kerala

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Seven of the nine locations finalized by the power department to set up windmills belong to tribesmen in Attapadi region of Palakkad district. After maintaining a silence for several years, the state government recently cleared a proposal for exploring wind power in the region with a specific clause that KSEB should ensure flawless, profit sharing between tribal people and the central government agency that sets up the power generation units.

A government order in this regard stated that central government's NHPC Ltd had submitted a detailed project report for setting up an 8MW wind farm project at Agali panchayat.

According to the power generation model approved by the state government, KSEB should directly pay the profit incentive to tribesmen, whose land is being used for the project. The board should pay 5% share of the gross revenue in their bank accounts. The price of power that KSEB is purchasing from NHPC would be given to them after deducting the profit share of these tribesmen.

The proposed project sites were jointly inspected by NHPC, Anert, revenue department, KSEL and scheduled tribe development department. The oorukoottam's (traditional tribal council) consent was also obtained for the initiative.

The attempts by previous LDF government to allow private players to set up windmill units in tribal land had backfired, following allegations of cheating. Though the UDF government later tried to put in place a profit-sharing formula between tribesmen and private companies, it did not work out.

"Anert has confirmed that micro siting has been completed for the projects. The proposed sites fall in zone-II wind speed site as per national institute of wind energy," the government order on the detailed project guidelines stated. It is reported that around five acres of land would be required for installing 1MW capacity windmills.

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  • News Section: Wind Energy News
  • Month: December
  • Year: 2017

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