The Indian minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah urged private sector to generate electricity from agro-industrial waste to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and combat environment pollution.
"The industry needs to add to huge power generation capacities as the country is aiming at sustaining high growth and emerging as an economic superpower on the global horizon," he said at a conference organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
"There is potential to recover 1,300 megawatt of power from industrial wastes which is projected to increase to 2,000 megawatt by 2017. Projects of over 135 megawatt have been installed so far in distilleries, pulp and paper mills, food processing and starch industries," Abdullah said.
"The focus of modern biomass programme is on co-generation, especially in the sugar industry. A co-generation potential of 17,000 megawatt is identified with 6,000 megawatt from sugar industry", he added.