Tata Power Country’s leading Wind Power Generator Crosses 300 MW Wind Energy Capacity

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated private power Company has crossed 300 MW wind power capacity installation in the country. Tata Power’s wind farms are spread across four states namely Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the leading states in promoting wind power generation in India. An additional 64.5 MW capacity is under execution and will be commissioned by FYQ3 2011 In Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Further, the Company is in the process of acquiring 20.95 MW operating wind assets in Maharashtra from Niskalp Energy Ltd. The Company will also shortly place an order for 150 MW wind capacity to be set up in Maharashtra and Rajasthan and to be commissioned during the course of FY12 and FY13.

The collective generation by the wind farms was 349 MUs during the FY 2010-11 as against 320 MUs in FY 2009-10.Tata Power endeavours to substantially enhance its green energy generation through various renewable opportunities including a substantial presence in wind power.

Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, said “The Company is enhancing its renewable energy portfolio as targeted and today around 21% of the power generated is from ‘clean’ sources. Today our wind portfolio has crossed 300 MW and the Company is committed to adding a sizable capacity every year to maintain a significant wind portfolio.”

Adding further, Mr. Banmali Agrawala, Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development, Tata Power, said, “We want to ensure that 25% of our power capacity comes from clean technologies. This may go down in the near term, but we aim to have at least one-fourth of our power through such sources.”

While the wind power generated in Gujarat, Tamilnadu and Karnataka is sold under a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the State DISCOM’s i.e. BESCOM in Karnataka, TANGEDCO in Tamilnadu, and GUVNL in Gujarat, the wind power generated in Maharashtra is sold to Tata Power’s Distribution business unit in Mumbai.

Wind Innovations of the Company include:

The Company is increasingly focusing on the renewable sources of power generation as part of its sustainable development initiatives. It is exploring opportunities of Wind generation wherever possible and also looking for innovation in wind power generation with projects like that of Micro-Wind Power projects that can light up several homes which currently don’t have access to electricity under distributed generation.

Micro-Wind – During FY10-11, the Company installed two micro horizontal axis wind turbines (2 to 5 kW). It is also in process of installing two vertical axis turbines in FY 11-12 (5 and 12 kW in capacity respectively).

Solar/Wind Hybrid: As a green initiative, Tata Power has installed a Hybrid system at its Mankhurd receiving station. The 2.82 KW Solar/Wind hybrid turbine at Mankhurd substation is a demonstration project commissioned to meet the lighting requirements of the control room. The hybrid unit contains two complete generating plants, a PV Solar cell plant and a Wind-turbine system. It supplies power for control room lighting.

Tata Power is India’s largest private utility with an installed generation capacity of over 3120 MW and a presence in all the segments of the power sector viz Generation (thermal, hydro, solar power and wind farm), 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 Mega Power 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.