CLP Group that started its India innings by acquiring a stake in the 655 MW gas powered Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation (GPEC) in Bharuch, Gujarat in 2002 has since expanded to bring into operation two 50.4MW wind projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
CLP India is the largest foreign investor in the wind power sector in India and has around 300Mw of capacity under production and about 2ooMW of capacity in the implementation stages.
As Panchabuta had reported earlier, the company had set up a 99MW wind farm in Theni, Tamil Nadu with Vestas Wind Technology India Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.
According to this report , CLP India is also planning big investments in wind energy. “CLP will add an average of 300 Mw every year in the coming years to take its capacity in wind power generation to about 2,000 Mw”, said Rajiv Mishra, managing director of CLP India.
It is already the largest wind power generator in the country, with close to 500 Mw of projects. It has operational wind farms at Knadke in Maharashtra (50.4 Mw), Samana in Jamnagar (88.8), Sundatti at Belgaum in Karnataka (20.8 Mw) and Theni in Tamil Nadu (90 Mw). It is also setting up a 12-Mw wind farm in in Samana, 61.6 Mw at Belgaum, 113.6 Mw at Andhra Lake in Maharashtra and 39.6 Mw at Harapanahalli in Karnataka.
Most of these will be executed Enercon and Vestas and the company will sign more development deals with Suzlon, said the executive.
Just recently, Tata Power had announced an ambitious plan to increase renewable energy generation to 8000MW and augment wind generation to 1000MW. The company had announced an annual capacity addition of 100-150MW until 2017.
Wind energy is considered the most commercially viable and established form of renewable energy and the big players have announced major expansion plans in recent times. An increasing trend is also seen in the establishment of IPP wind farms of scale on a total turnkey 20 year Build-operate-Transfer (BoT) model.