Mumbai, Jul 11, 2008

Maharashtra clears land for 100 mw wind mills

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Applications for 150 mw more are pending with the govt

MUMBAI: Along with thermal power, Maharashtra is witnessing huge interest from private players to set up wind mills in the state.

In the last six months, the directorate of industries, Maharashtra, has cleared land acquisition proposals for wind power generation capacity of over 100 mw while applications for around 150 mw are pending with the state.

"We try to clear the applications for land purchase for any major project within 15 days so that the process is expedited," said Shekhar Naik, joint director, directorate of Industries.

He said the emphasis is especially on power projects as they are critical for an industrialised state.

"Since 2006, there has been an increased activity on the wind energy front and it is still being sought after by the private players," he said.

V L Rajale, deputy director (industries), said, "Since February as many as four companies have been given a go-ahead to purchase land for their power projects.

The total capacity of these projects is 104 mw to be spread over an area of 258 hectares."

The projects include 20 mw wind mill at Sangli to be set up by Europe-based independent producer of renewable energies under its subsidiary Theolia Wind Energy Pvt Ltd.

Another is a 24 mw wind mill to be set up near Solapur by Jaiprakash Associates. Reliance Innoventures Private Ltd, an ADAG-promoted company, is setting up a 45 mw project at Chandrapur while a 15 mw project by Naman Developers is to come up near Nashik.

Rajale said there are three more projects totalling up to 148 mw are seeking land purchase permission, including a 93 mw farm.

"The names of the companies cannot be disclosed yet as they haven’t got the permission from us," he said.

Once the permission is given, the companies have to apply to the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, a state-government body for development of renewable energy and facilitation of energy conservation, for infrastructure and feasibility clearance.

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency website said the assessed wind power potential in the country is about 45,000 mw, while in Maharashtra it is 4,584 mw.

Till March 2007, private investments of more than Rs 7,500 crore have already been made in the wind sector.

Nearly 152.4 mw of private wind power projects have been installed in the state so far.

Out of the total installed capacity of 10,251 mw renewable power in the country, wind power has a share of 7,042 mw.

India is fourth in the world in wind energy generation after Germany, US and Spain.