Tata Power plans to increase its wind energy capacity to 2,000 MW

"Tata Power is looking for viable locations in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for the wind farms. By 2017, it expects to generate 2,000 MW of wind power," Tata Power Executive Director Banmali Agrawala said in Tata Review, an in-house magazine.

Tata Power has two wind farm projects each in Maharashtra and Gujarat and one wind farm in Karnataka with a cumulative capacity of 195 MW. An additional 100-MW wind farm is under construction in Gujarat.

The company, the largest private sector thermal power generator in the country, also plans to its increase solar energy capacity to 250 MW by 2017.

According to industry thumb-rule, a company requires to invest Rs 6 crore and Rs 10 crore for generating a megawatt of wind and solar power, respectively.

The total installed capacity of Tata Power is 2,971 MW, of which 1,838 MW is coal-based. It is executing projects totalling 5,470 MW that includes the 4,000 MW ultra megapower project (UMPP) at Mundra in Gujarat. The first 800-MW unit of the UMPP is likely to go on stream by the end of 2012.

Tata Power is India’s largest private sector power utility with an installed generation capacity of about 3,000 MW and a presence in all the segments of the power sector viz Generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind power), Transmission, Distribution and Trading. The Company has successful public-private partnerships in Generation, Transmission and Distribution – “North Delhi Power Limited” with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, ‘Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.’ with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and ‘Maithon Power Ltd.’ with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand.

It has acquired 30% stake in Coal Companies at Indonesia and is developing the first 4000 MW Ultra Megapower Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. With its track record of technology leadership, customer care and redefining contours of the Indian power sector, Tata Power is poised for a five-fold growth and committed to ‘lighting up lives’ for generations to come.