India to invest £1.4bn in biogas projects

India plans to invest Rs 142 crore (£1.42bn) in biogas projects in 2016/17. Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines said the government is promoting […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

India plans to invest Rs 142 crore (£1.42bn) in biogas projects in 2016/17.

Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines said the government is promoting the green technology under three schemes.

National Biogas and Manure Management Programme caters to setting up “family-type” biogas plants for meeting energy needs for cooking in rural and semi-urban areas of the country.

A target for installing 100,000 biogas plants has been set for the year 2016/17.

The Biogas Power General Programme aims to install plants with a capacity of 3KW to 250KW and part of the funding will be used for the Waste to Energy Programme which aims to build large plants that can recover energy from urban, industrial and agricultural waste.