Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL) announced that it had commissioned 800 MW of wind power projects in India. `
In its press statement, SEIL said that with this development, it had become the first independent developer to commission the entire capacity awarded through the first three wind tenders floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) back in 2016. In a virtual conference held recently, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh dedicated this operational capacity to the nation.
According to the company, the fully operational projects are expected to power over 600,000 homes in the country and reduce two million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Sembcorp installed the first wind project in Tamil Nadu with a total capacity of 250 MW under the first SECI auction. The capacity was part of the 1,000 MW of wind projects tendered by SECI in three batches. The project is located in the Chandragiri district of Tamil Nadu, as reported previously by Mercom.
According to Mercom India Research, Sembcorp had won these projects quoting ₹3.46 (~$0.051)/kWh. This project was commissioned in October 2018.
The other two projects with capacities of 250 MW and 300 MW, respectively, were installed by the company in Gujarat under subsequent SECI auctions.
Tamil Nadu is the top state for wind projects in terms of cumulative numbers, accounting for 25% of overall wind installations in the country with over 9.3 GW of wind projects as of June 30, 2020. Gujarat came in second with 7.6 GW of cumulative wind capacity, accounting for a 20% share of the country’s wind generating capacity.
According to the company’s portfolio, it owns and operates 35 assets across India with a total capacity of 4,370 MW, incorporating 1,730 MW of renewables.
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