After completion of the installation, the 12 sugar mills would start producing 187 MW of power from June, 2011, Mr Singh said last evening at Chennampatty village in the district after inspecting cultivation of Hill Neem trees, whose wood is used as a fu el to burn surplus bagasse for producing energy.
Stating that the government and TNEB were encouraging cultivation of Hill Neem trees, he said farmers would get Rs 2,500 per tonne for the wood.
He appealed the farmers to raise more such trees and supply them to paper industry also.
On free energy-efficient irrigation pump sets scheme for farmers, he said the TNEB had provided connections to 19 lakh pump sets in the last over four years. If energy efficient pump sets were used, 30 per cent power could be saved, he added.