To increase India’s bioenergy capacity, which stands at merely 10,701 MW, the government on November 7 said it was extending a national programme to 2025-26 and would provide Rs 858 crore for the first of the two-phased initiative.
The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) in a statement said the National Bioenergy Programme would include three sub-schemes —Waste to Energy Programme (Rs 600 crore), Biomass Programme (Rs 158 crore) and Biogas Programme (Rs 100 crore).
Under the waste-to-energy programme, companies that take up production of biogas, bioCNG, and electricity from urban, industrial and agricultural waste and residues would be given a central financial assistance (CFA) of ₹25 lakh for 12,000 cubic metre a day.
The maximum assistance for a biogas project will be Rs 5 crore. The Centre will provide financial assistance of ₹75 lakh per MW for new biogas plants and ₹50 lakh per MW for existing units.