Power from garbage among key points of Maharashtra government’s renewable energy policy

The problems of managing solid waste inMaharashtra may soon be a thing of the past, as the state government grows intent on promoting generation of power from garbage. Electricity generated in this way will then be used to power streetlights and water and sewerage pumps through a distributed generation-based model.

A senior energy department official told dna that this would be one of the features of the state government’s proposed off-grid renewable energy policy. “We plan to promote waste to energy projects through the policy,” the official said. He added that generating biomass and distributing it for cooking, promoting solar lanterns, rooftop solar power projects which could be used for power backup, and solar water heaters, would be other features of the policy. It is scheduled to be presented before the state cabinet soon.

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