Suzlon in Gujarat: Partnerships forsustainable development
The western Indian state of Gujarat is among the nation’s leading centers of industrial development. The people of the state have a long standing reputation forentrepreneurship and pioneering new industry. Few companies demonstrate thismore vividly than Suzlon – which, born in 1995 inAhmedabad.
Powering Gujarat’s economy:
It is also not surprising that Gujarat has been at the forefrontof development of wind energy in the country, with over1,000 MW of wind turbine capacity installed across the state.
With long coastline, and asupporting topography – thestate offers a consistent windregime highly suited for utilityscale wind farm operations. Thestate has a highly diversified economy, with a healthymix of agricultural, industrial and domestic electricity consumption. Gujarat hasgrown at an average of 10% a year for the past five years, outshining the nationaleconomy and also bringing with it a proportional increased demand for power.In this scenario, wind has proved itself to be a valuablepart of the sustainable future of Gujarat. The state haswell planned policy frameworks supporting the growth of renewable energy, and has taken the lead in developingassets with over 1414.70 MW already installed by 30 Sep2008– of which Suzlon has installed 767.44 MW.
It is important to note that in theIndian model, the governmenthas almost never been a directinvestor in renewable energy, only providing policy andincentive mechanisms to encourage the uptake of wind andother forms of non-conventional energy. However, thesupport measures put in place by Gujarat’s government andadministration have played in driving the growth of windenergy in the state. A supportive power purchaseframework assuring the investor a Rs. 3.37 per unit of electricity produced, wheeling and banking facilities, rapidapprovals and clearances for projects have all played a big part in making Gujaratone of India’s leaders in the wind energy space.
The Kutch Windfarm was originally conceptualized way back in 2002 and preliminaryproject activities commenced in early 2003. The region offered several keyadvantages for the establishment of a very large scale windfarm. The costal
Total capacity (01 Dec2008): 655.45 MWPlanned CapacityInstallation: 1500 MWProduct mix: S52 -600KW, S64 – 1.25 MW,S82 – 1.5 MW, S88 –2.1 MWFirst turbine: S64 -1.25MW commissioned on31st December 2005 forGujarat NRE Coke – amining major.
- Northing: 23 deg, 40min - 22 deg, 45 min to-Easting: 68 deg, 23 min- 70 deg, 29 min- Average Elevation(msl): 2-3 m above sea
Key Wind Data
Air Density at site
1164g/cu mMean Annual windspeed
4.86 m/s(measured at 20 m mastheight)Power Law Index
0.37Wind Power Density:311 W/SQ. MRef: MNRE data of Motisindholi metmast
Gujarat Wind powerPolicy 2007
Period: 20 Jun, 2007,to 30 Jun, 2012
Agency:Gujarat EnergyDevelopment Agency(GEDA)Power PurchaseOptions: Captive(Wheeling) & Sale toGUVNL /DistributionlicenseeTariff: Rs. 3.37 perunit - flat for 20 years