GE completes its first wind farm in India

GE announced the commissioning of the 25.5 MW Yelisurur wind energy project of Bhoruka Power Corporation in Karnataka.

Powered by 17 GE (NYSE: GE) 1.5-77 wind turbines, Bhoruka Power Corporation’s new wind farm at Yelisurur in the southern state of Karnataka, India, is commissioned and in commercial operation. The project, which has a capacity of 25.5 megawatts of sustainable, clean energy and supports the Karnataka government’s renewable energy program, demonstrates GE’s commitment to serving India’s growing energy demand through wind energy.

“GE is a logical partner for us as we develop wind farms across India,” said S. Chandrasekhar, managing director of Bhoruka Power. “Their global execution and technology expertise, combined with their strong India team, were key factors when selecting them for this project.”

Assembled at GE’s multi-modal manufacturing facility in Pune, the wind turbines for the Yelisurur project are engineered to deliver favorable results in India’s low wind speed regimes. GE is setting up the Pune facility to develop localized products and solutions suited to Indian customers across GE’s various businesses throughout the country.

The wind farm commissioning was completed in August 2012 with GE achieving its installation and commissioning target ahead of schedule. The project commissioning was announced today at a joint GE-Bhoruka event in Bangalore.

The Bhoruka project, located 70 kilometers from Hubli, is the launch site in India for GE’s 1.5-77 turbines. The units installed at Yelisurur have been generating electricity consistently since their commissioning, outpacing the projected power output. In addition to supplying the wind turbines, GE operates and maintains the wind farm.

“India is an important region for GE’s renewable energy business,” said Hari Menon, general manager of India for GE’s renewable energy business. “We are making significant investment in India specific to clean energy technology as we help enable developers to harness energy from local low wind regimes and generate electricity for India’s growing energy demand.”