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29.70 MW WIND POWER PROJECT IN KARNATAKA, INDIA

Location

The The project sites are located at Villages Anabaru and Arasinagundi in the Jagalur Taluk in the district of Davangere, in the Indian state of Karnataka, approximately 250 km from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka.

General description of the project

18 Wind Turbines of 1.65 MW capacity each totaling 29.70MW are spread over two locations in the State of Karnataka, located within a wind farm. The project activity involves the development and operation of wind based electricity generation facilities to be connected to the grid.

The objective of the project activity is to construct, own, operate and maintain wind power projects at two sites, reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by reliance on fossil fuels.

The electricity generated from the project will be supplied to a common local sub-station at Hiremallaholle using underground internal electrical lines and local transmission lines. This pilot project is the first of its kind to use underground transmission lines, which is 8 times safer for the environment.

The 29.70 MW project activities are comprised of 18 units of Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs), with each WTG having a capacity of 1,650kW.

The generated electricity will be supplied to the state grid for a period of 20 years. The project activity includes development, design, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of wind energy based electric generating stations supplying electricity to the grid. The project activity will displace energy that is dispatched at the operating margin (largely thermal energy) and also delay any planned expansion of the Karnataka grid generation capacity by its equivalent size and thereby the Southern Regional Grid.

The project also is the first of its kind to use the SCADA system which improves the project infrastructure by helping with water treatment and distribution, and minimizing waste water, loss of oil and gas to make an even more energy efficient project. The project replaces the burning of methane, which is 13 times worse than the CO2. Due to the success of this project, it is being rolled out globally.

Socio-economic well being:

  • Generate lGenerate local employment in areas near the project activity. Over 350 jobs have been created for local residents, from over 200 families.
  • Direct improvement to the living standards of over 600 people.
  • Empowerment of the vulnerable sections of society dwelling near the project area. Over 100 children have secure education places.
  • The locals have benefited economically through land sales.
  • The project contributed towards improvement or development of hospital, temples, roads (damaged due to construction activity), schools etc. In addition they suggested that local villages should get free electricity.

Economical well-being:

  • Contributing to the growth of Wind Energy sector in India;
  • The project is in line with the policies of MNRE, India. It contributes its share towards achievement of the 11th;
  • Plan target of 10,000 MW renewable energy by 2012 set by MNRE;
  • Increasing the share of renewable energy in the regional grid;
  • Help to bridge India‚Äôs energy deficit and reduce costs increasing the budget for infrastructures.

Environmental well-being:

  • Mitigating the emission of GHG (CO2) as wind is a renewable source of energy;
  • Conserving coal and other non-renewable natural resource;
  • Reducing pollutants like SOX, NOX associated with other power plants;
  • Waste is collected for locals by the project owner and disposed safely, reducing pests in local villages;
  • Local land surrounding the sites will be restored in the post construction phase to bring back the site appearance as close to original as possible;
  • New trees have been planted along with crop to improve the delivery of vegetation levels in the surrounding areas;
  • There are no migratory birds/endangered species in the region of project activity. Therefore, no harm on the ecological environment is envisaged.