As a part of the contract, GE will also maintain the facility, which is due to be commissioned by end of 2019, for a period of 10 years.
GE Renewable Energy announced yesterday that it has been selected by ReNew Power, to provide its turbines for the 300 MW Gadhsisa Wind Farm in Gujarat, India. The project was won by ReNew Power with its successful bid in the third round of auctions conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in February 2018.
Powering close to 11 lakh homes with clean and reliable electricity upon completion, the 300 MW project will be powered by 120 GE 2.5-132 turbines and is the largest full turnkey EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) project by GE Renewable Energy in India.
Mahesh Palashikar, Region Leader for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business in Asia, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with ReNew Power on this project. This is an important milestone for GE in India and this relationship with ReNew will help us expand our turnkey capabilities across Asia. ReNew Power is the industry leader in the renewable energy sector in India, and it is a privilege for our turbines to have been selected for this project. GE’s 2.5-132 wind turbine was designed in India specifically for India’s low wind speed conditions, lowering the cost of wind energy compared to similar turbines. We’re excited to bring this wind turbine, as well as other new turbines such as the 2.7, to the India region.”
The 2.5-132 turbines have been designed primarily at GE’s Technology Centre in Bengaluru and built on learnings from more than 22,000 GE wind turbines around the world. The firm claims that the turbine is a significant improvement over the previous version, with an improved rotor diameter, wind capture and 30% more Annual Energy Production (AEP) than GE’s 2.3-116 turbine.
Balram Mehta, President – Wind, ReNew Power Ltd. said, “GE Renewable Energy, with its customized maintenance support and suite of modern turbines driven by cutting-edge technology was a natural choice as our partner for this critical project. By leveraging our combined strengths and synergies, we hope to make a significant contribution towards augmenting renewables capacity in India.“
At present, GE’s footprint expands across 37 wind farms in India, accounting for 1.8 GW in capacity across the country. The company is also continuing to drive innovations specific to the region and recently introduced its 2.7 MW low wind speed machine turbine which included the largest rotor ever installed in India and is currently being tested in Gujarat.
As a part of the contract, GE will also maintain the facility, which is due to be commissioned by end of 2019, for a period of 10 years. GE India currently manufactures its state-of-the-art wind turbines for the India market at the multi-modal manufacturing facility in Pune.