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China Ming Yang wind turbines cleared for sale in India

According to reports, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Ltd, which is in partnership with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group, has got its wind turbine cleared for sales in India.

The Centre for Wind Energy Technology, which vets turbine models for use in India, recently notified the clearance for Ming Yang’s machine, which has a capacity of 1.5 MW and a hub height of 75 metres.

Ming Yang is a partner of Reliance Capital Ltd, an Ambani group company, in Global Wind Power Ltd.

When the joint venture agreement was announced last year, Global Wind said it intended to develop as much as 2,500 MW of wind power capacity in India by 2015. The venture is expected to be funded by a $3-billion loan from China Development Bank.

Recently, Bloomberg news agency had reported that Chinese wind turbine manufacturers such as Sinovel Wind Group Co, Dongfang Electric Corp. and Shanghai Electric Group Co have won orders in India.

Garuda Vaayu Shakthi Ltd’s wind turbine also got clearance for sales. The Garuda 700 kW machine is completely home-grown.

N. Srinivasan, who earlier headed the renewable energy company Auro Mira, is promoting Garuda.

“We own the IP,” Srinivasan told Business Line , adding the company would procure the components and assemble the machines.

NuPower Technologies Ltd has got its 2.05 MW machine cleared. This turbine will be manufactured with technological help from Wind To Energy GmbH of Germany.

Also approved is the 1.8-MW ‘Pawanshakthi’ turbine of RRB Energy. The Chennai-based company, an erstwhile joint venture partner of global renewable energy company Vestas Wind, is one of the pioneers of the wind industry in the country. But it is now fighting for a small share of the market.

The past two years have been bad for the Indian wind power industry, mainly due to the withdrawal of some key incentives by the government. Against this backdrop, new turbines coming into the market are seen as a confidence the players have in the long term future of the industry.

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