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Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association moots formation of SPV for wind evacuation infrastructure

According to reports, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association has mooted the formation of a special purpose vehicle in the State to establish sub-stations and supply lines to the grid from the wind mills. The aim is to improve evacuation of energy generated by the wind mills in the State.

Chairman of the association, D.V. Giri, told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the proposal was submitted to the State Government recently.

The special purpose vehicle would include the association, individual wind turbine manufacturers and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation. An equity fund would be set up and the sub-stations and the supply lines would be installed under the public private partnership mode.

The Government now planned four 400 KVA sub-stations to improve wind energy evacuation and the association had sought three more.

The association has also taken up a study through the Power Research and Development Consultants (PRDC) for the Tamil Nadu government on the short and long-term approaches needed for wind energy evacuation in the State.

Mr. Giri added that the installed wind energy capacity in the country was 14,500 MW. The potential, as assessed in the 1980s, was 45,000 MW.

However, with the development in technology, the country’s wind energy installed capacity potential now was estimated to be two lakh MW.

The turbine manufacturers were importing 10 per cent of the components needed for the smaller wind mills and 60 per cent of the components for the larger turbines.

This included generators, controllers, gear box and equipment. Localisation was important for cost effectiveness.

The Union Government should extend incentives to the manufacturers who had cost and indigenisation goals. This would also help in developing component manufacturers in the country for the wind energy sector, he said.

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