Discom signs purchase agreement with waste processing company

Power distribution company BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with East Delhi Waste Processing Company Limited (EDWPCL) to buy electricity from Delhi’s first waste to power initiative.

The agreement entitles the discom to procure 49 per cent of the total electricity generated at the under-construction plant. Power generated from the Ghazipur renewable energy power plant is expected to electrify around 4,000 homes, each having a load of 2.5 kW.

“Under the terms of the agreement, BYPL will procure 49 per cent of the 10 MW electricity that will be generated at the Ghazipur renewable energy power plant. BYPL will procure power at a competitive tariff rate of Rs.3.668 per kWh, determined by a competitive bidding process,” said BYPL CEO Ramesh Narayanan.

The agreement that was signed on October 29 allows the promoters to sell the balance 51 per cent electricity through a suitable open access mechanism. The power plant processing around 1,200 tonnes of municipal solid waste generated in the national Capital daily is expected to be commissioned around the Commonwealth Games.

“Being pro-environment is the focus of all our corporate social responsibility initiatives. BSES not only champions the environment cause, we actually walk the talk. Our participation in this renewable power initiative is the latest in a series of such initiatives,” said Mr. Narayanan.

The power plant at Ghazipur will be the second such project in the city that will utilise the city’s solid waste to generate clean and renewable electricity. The other project is coming up at Okhla. Together the two projects will generate 26 MW of electricity by cumulatively processing around 2,600 tonnes of solid waste daily.

“These novel projects offer an integrated opportunity to not only manage the city’s colossal municipal solid waste in an environment friendly manner, but also provides clean, green and pollution free electricity”, said a BYPL spokesperson.

According to experts, the amount of gas generated from a 10 MW municipal solid waste power plant yields the same reduction in greenhouse gases as planting around 1.19 lakh trees or removing 83,000 cars from the road for a year.

“Commissioning of these two projects will see Delhi join the ever growing number of cities in America and Europe which process their municipal solid waste to generate clean electricity. According to experts, there are over 400 such successful examples in US alone,” said the spokesperson.

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