UIL uses the most recent and state of the art facility for generating wind power.
In March 2005, the Company had installed and commissioned a new wind mill project in Chinnaputhur Village, Dharampuram Taluk, Erode District, comprising of 2 Enercon make E-48 WEC's of 800 KW each totalling 1.60 MW at a cost of Rs. 7.80 crores spread over 10 acres of land. The Company installed 2 machines of 800 KW each in Chitradurga district of Karnataka at a cost of 8 crores, and 3 machines of 800 KW each in Jaisalmer District in Rajasthan at a cost of 12 crores.
Going further the company continued its capacity addition by installing 2 more WEGs in Jamnagar District in Gujarat in March 2007 costing around 8 crores and 4 WEGs in Jamnagar District in Gujarat in July 2007 at a cost of 16 crores.
In September 2009, the company installed 6 machines of Vestas make of 1.65 MW each in Theni District of Tamil Nadu, totalling to 9.9 MW at a total cost of 60.90 crores. The project achieved more than 30% Plant Load Factor (PLF) in the Financial Year 2012-13.
In the year 2010, the Company has installed new power plant of 8 MW in Maharashtra. The Company has diversified the risk by spreading windmill locations into several states of India.
Current Scenario on Wind Power
UIL diversified into the wind energy business in the year 1997. Today, UIL is a well-known name in the Wind Power Industry. Currently UIL has installation base of 28.3 MW of wind power with plants located in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra which were set up in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2010. UIL has diversified its risk by spreading windmill locations into several states of India.
Worldwide there are now over two hundred thousand wind turbines operating, with a totalcapacity of 282,482 MW as of end 2012. The European Union alone passed some 100,000 MW nameplate capacities in September 2012, while the United States surpassed 50,000 MW in August 2012 and China passed 50,000 MW the same month. World wind generation capacity more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2006, doubling about every three years.
At the end of 2012, worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators was 282gigawatts (GW), growing by 44 GW over the preceding year. According to the World Wind Energy Association, an industry organization, in 2010 wind power generated 430 TWh or about 2.5% of worldwide electricity usage, up from 1.5% in 2008 and 0.1% in 1997.Between 2005 and 2010 the average annual growth in new installations was 27.6 %.Wind power market penetration is expected to reach 3.35 % by 2013 and 8 % by 2018.
Renewable energy accounts for approximately 12% of a total 200 GW of power generation capacity installed in India. The Indian wind energy sector has an installed capacity of 19,050 MW as on 31st March 2013. In terms of wind power installed capacity, India is ranked 5th in the World. Today India is a major player in the global wind energy market. Wind energy, with over 16 GW installed capacity, accounts for nearly 66% of the renewable energy installed in India. According to the sources, new wind energy installations in the country so far this fiscal contributed just 1,200 MW, against 3,200 MW the previous year. By March-end, another 200 MW may be added. The wind energy sector in India will see a turnaround in 2013 as the Union Budget 2013-14 proposed generation-based incentives (GBI) to wind energy projects and provided Rs 800 crore for the purpose to the New and Renewable Energy Ministry.
Leading states where Wind Power projects have been installed are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Majority of installed capacity belongs to Private Sector in seven states. As on 31st march 2012, the total installed capacity was 17,365 MW. Tamil Nadu had the largest installed capacity of 6,987 MW. Maharashtra ranking number three in the list recorded a capacity of 2,733 MW.
The highest capacity addition during 2012-13 happened in Rajasthan (approx 36%) followed by Maharashtra (approx 17%) and Gujarat (approx 12%) Capacity addition during 2012-13 indicates growth @ 9.79% against growth @ 22.58% during 2011-12. The reason of reduction in capacity addition during 2012-13 is withdrawal of Accelerated Depreciation benefit and Generation Based Incentive.
The break-up of projects implemented in prominent wind potential states (as in March 31, 2013) is as given below:
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Capacity Addition During 2012-13 (MW)
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