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Two global renewable energy majors join hands

According to reports, two global renewable energy majors — the American renewable energy producer, SunEdison, and the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa — today announced that they have formed an equal joint venture that will develop 1,000 MW of wind energy plants globally by 2018. Gamesa will supply the wind turbines and be responsible for operation and maintenance of the machines. Gamesa “may also” provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project, says a press release from SunEdison. While ... Read More »

Rays Power forays into wind and transmission sector

According to reports, Rays Power Infra Pvt Ltd, one of the biggest solar EPC companies in India, today announced its foray into wind and transmission business with the commissioning of 160 MW project in Jaisalmer. It plans to invest Rs 200 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka by 2016. “The company commissioned a 160 MW wind project, at a single location in Jaisalmer, along with a 220 KV sub-station and transmission line,” Rays Power said in a statement. These ... Read More »

Suzlon plans India’s first offshore wind project in Gujarat

According to reports, wind turbine maker Suzlon group, which had recently sold its German arm Senvion to pare debt in January, has said it will focus on the domestic market in the short-to medium-term while it comes out of the debt burden. “We are growing aggressively in the domestic market and now we are going to introduce S11 turbines, which has 111 metre rottar blade. The energy production will go higher by 20 per cent once S111 turbines start working,” ... Read More »

Maharashtra government to allow repowering of wind farms

According to reports, to ensure better capacity utilisation of wind energy projects and help them generate power at higher efficiency, the state government is planning to allow these project developers to upgrade their technologies. Maharashtra has 4,442.05 MW installed capacity in the wind energy sector, which forms a bulk of its 6,702.93 MW renewable energy capacity. “In our new grid-connected renewable energy policy, we have allowed the re-powering of existing windmills… to enable their technological upgrade,” said a senior energy ... Read More »

Wind sector to add over 3,500 MW capacity in 2015-16

According to reports, wind energy turbine manufacturers expect 3,500-Mw wind capacity addition in the country during the current financial year. Madhusudan Khemka, chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTA), said the country saw a total 2,310-Mw wind capacity addition in the last financial year. The figure could have been higher if some of the state-specify issues had been resolved early, Khemka added. In a letter published in the association’s internal magazine, he said the market response to the ... Read More »

For energy-intensive industries, ‘wind-solar synergy is the way to go’

According to reports, in a competitive renewable energy promotion environment, the competition for wind is from solar and not incentivisation, Rajesh Lakhoni, Principal Secretary (Energy), Government of Tamil Nadu, said here on Sunday. Delivering the Special Address at the 4th International Wind Conference and Exhibition at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex, Lakhoni told participants that solar, due to its inherent advantages of being available all round the year (though only for 8 to10 hours a day), involving no distribution cost ... Read More »

Wind energy companies asked to diversify into solar sector

According to reports, wind energy companies should focus on improving the accuracy of forecasting and should lobby for uniformity in policies at the central level, said Tamil Nadu principal secretary, energy, Rajesh Lakhoni. Lakhoni said these issues were vital to ensure sustainable and long-term absorption of wind energy. The principal secretary, who was in Coimbatore on Sunday to inaugurate the Fourth International Wind Conference and Exhibition, said wind energy companies should look beyond just selling wind turbines and mills. “In ... Read More »

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