CLP India has opened a 99 MW wind farm in Tamil Nadu

CLP India, the largest foreign investor in the wind energy sector in India, has opened a 99 MW wind farm at Theni in Tamil Nadu. The wind farm was inaugurated by CLP Group CEO Andrew Brandler yesterday. It takes CLP India’s total wind power portfolio to 446 MW.

CLP India had entered into an agreement with Vestas Wind Technology India Pvt Ltd, a leading wind turbine manufacturer, to develop this green-field project.

The wind farm that will be fully commissioned by end of June 2010 is expected to qualify as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol, which will add to the financial viability of the project.

It uses 60 Vestas V82 geared wind turbines, each with a capacity of 1.65 MW IEC Class IIB machine with a blade diameter of 82 m. The WTG is installed on a steel tower at a 78 m hub height.

CLP India proposes to sell 100% of the plant’s power generation output to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board under the terms of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

"The Theni project underpins its contribution to the Group’s target of having 20% of our generating capacity from non-carbon emitting power across the Asia Pacific region by 2020, an interim target outlined in our Climate Vision 2050," Mr Brandler said.

"This project is a definite demonstration of our commitment to power growth through clean energy solutions," he said.

Mr Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director, CLP India, said the recent introduction of generation-based incentive (GBI) scheme is a progressive move and would further encourage Independent Power Project (IPP) developers like CLP to grow their renewables portfolio.

"In line with our global strategy, we intend to add 200 MW wind power in India annually," he said.

"Vestas is very pleased to partner with CLP in developing this 99 MW modern wind power project. With a high safety record, the wind farm stands tall today as an example of exemplary execution. This project is also an example of Vestas’ strength in collaborating with leaders such as CLP in developing wind power projects that meet high standards across the world," Mr Sean Sutton, President, Vestas Asia Pacific, said.

CLP India has around 182 MW projects under operation and 264 MW projects under various stages of implementation in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and all will get commissioned by next year.

The company aims to add around 200 MW of wind power installations every year to its portfolio and has already committed an investment of over Rs 9,700 crore in this regard.

In addition to its renewable energy portfolio, CLP India owns and operates a 655 MW combined cycle gas power plant at Paguthan village near Bharuch in Gujarat. It is also building a 1,320 MW supercritical coal-fired power project at Jhajjar in Haryana.

CLP India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CLP Group, a Hong Kong-listed company and one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia.