CLP Group that started its India innings by acquiring a stake in the 655 MW gas powered Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation (GPEC) in Bharuch, Gujarat in 2002 has since expanded to bring into operation two 50.4MW wind projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
CLP India is the largest foreign investor in the wind power sector in India and had around 300Mw of capacity under production and about 2ooMW of capacity in the implementation stages during the end of the last calender year.
As Panchabuta had reported in May last year, the company had set up a 99MW wind farm in Theni, Tamil Nadu with Vestas Wind Technology India Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.
Panchabuta had also reported in December last year that CLP was also planning big investments in wind energy. “CLP will add an average of 300 Mw every year in the coming years to take its capacity in wind power generation to about 2,000 Mw”, said Rajiv Mishra, managing director of CLP India.
According to reports, CLP India’s Managing Director , Rajiv Mishra, told PTI, “Our plan is to increase our wind energy portfolio by 200-300 MW every year over the next three-years. We are also mulling an entry into solar power in the next year or two.”
CLP has announced plans to develop two new wind farms – one in Rajasthan and the other in Andhra Pradesh. The 102.4 MW Sipla wind farm will be located at Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan, and the 50.4 MW Narmada Wind farm will be located at Nallakonda, Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh.
Further according to reports, the Sipla and Narmada wind farms will use 128 and 63 Enercon Gearless E53 800kW wind turbines respectively. Both projects will be developed and constructed under a comprehensive EPC arrangement and will be commercially operational by March 2012.
With these two projects, CLP’s wind portfolio has grown to 638.8 MW – reinforcing its position as the largest wind energy developer in India. These projects have also grown CLP’s geographical presence in India to two new states – Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh – in addition to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
“We are pleased with the government’s growing attention to the renewable energy industry. 2010 was a defining year in this direction with the finalization of Generation Based Incentive mechanism and implementation of Renewable Energy Certificates scheme across various states in India. These pragmatic measures reinforce CLP’s commitment to strengthen its Indian presence and contribute meaningfully to adding more green power to the Indian grid,” said Mahesh Makhija, Director, Business Development (Renewables), CLP India.
“The Sipla and Narmada deals have set a milestone in our relationship with Enercon by taking it to 500MW, which in itself is a benchmark in the Indian market”, Mr Makhija added.
“We are delighted that CLP India has selected Enercon as their wind energy solution provider for the Sipla and Narmada Wind Farm Projects. We have worked on five projects for CLP India and this new partnership further strengthens our successful, long standing relationship,” said Yogesh Mehra, Managing Director, Enercon India Ltd.
As Panchabuta had earlier discussed, Enercon India Limited, sued for the release of the German patents by Enercon Gmbh who status remained protected around the world. Chennai-based patent litigation firm IPAB declared twelve Enercon patents to be invalid. The judge spoke of a “lack of inventive step” and “lack of novelty” in patent documents.
Enercon India was also in trouble recently with the proposed Andhra Lake Wind Power Project in Pune district having run into rough weather with the Bombay High Court restraining the promoter, Enercon (India) Pvt Ltd, of the 113.6 MW power project from cutting a single tree until further orders. The proposed project, coming up in proximity of Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary in the Western Ghats, requires about 26,600 trees to be cut down.