Atria Brindavan Power Private Limited has placed a 40 MW order with Vestas for the second phase of the Basavane Bagewadi Wind Project in the Bijapur district of Karnataka state. With this order, Vestas has now cumulatively received 80 MW of orders from Atria for the project.
The order includes the supply and installation of 18, V110-2.2 MW turbines, a 15-year full-scope Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, as well as a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution for data-driven monitoring and preventive maintenance. Commissioning is expected in the second quarter of 2018.
“With this second order from Atria in just over a month, Vestas underlines that we can provide reliable and competitive solutions along with proven operation and maintenance support to our customers in India. The project also demonstrates the effectiveness of Vestas’ 2 MW platform as the best value proposition on delivering low cost of energy for the competitive Indian market,” said Clive Turton, president of Vestas Asia Pacific.
The announcement brings the total orders Vestas has received in India so far this year to more than 230 MW. Previously, in September 2017, Mercom reported that Inox Wind had closed another deal to supply 100 MW of wind turbines to Adani in Gujarat.
According to Mercom India Research, wind has become more competitive with solar since the reverse auction process was introduced last year. In October 2017, the wind power tariff dropped below ₹3/kWh for the first time with a record-low winning bid of ₹2.64 (~$0.0413)/kWh quoted in the second 1 GW wind auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
Recently, Gujarat High Court ruled in favor of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam limited (GUVNL) and gave it the go-ahead to conduct a 500 MW wind auction.
Mercom has previously published information on how the reverse auction process is impacting the wind sector.
According to MNRE, cumulative wind power installations reached 32.7 GW in September 2017.