Windmills of Chennai

Tamilnadu is maintaining its lead in wind energy, accounting for over 50% of the total capacity in the country. As of this year, it had a cumulative capacity of 1,361 MW against 2,483 M in the country. The first private wind farm was established in Tamilnadu in 1990.

The Tamilnadu Electricity Board (TNEB) arranged for purchase of power from the wind mills at Rs 1.25-2.25 a unit, with a 5% escalation. The price now offered is Rs 2.70 for a 5-year period from September 2001. According to Tamilnadu Energy Development Agency (TNEDA), the unit size of machines went up from a mere 55-100 KW in the early phase to 750 KW by 2002-03. Last year, 1,000 KW and 1,250 KW machines were also introduced and the power they generated was much higher. Muppandal, near Nagercoil, accounts 600 MW followed by Kethanur in Coimbatore district, which supplies 370 MW.

Wind turbines can only be erected in areas where the wind speed is good, which means there are two belts in Tamil Nadu where the turbines can be installed. In Chennai ,

Chennai is the home for three Wind Mill manufacturing companies, NEPC India Ltd, Vestas RRB India Ltd and NEG Micon Ltd.

I have seen windmills in farm houses on the ECR used for pumping water. Wind conditions and urban development does not favour installation of wind mills at Chennai.

But you can see these colourful windmills on the sands of Chennai Beach

Windmills of Chennai 1

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