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Acciona Energia puts 78MW wind farm into service in South India

CTBR Staff Writer Published 14 September 2017

Spanish renewables energy company Acciona Energia has announced the start of operations at the 78MW Bannur wind farm in the southern state of India.

The wind farm is located in Bijapur district in Karnataka. It consists of twenty six of AW125/3000 Nordex-Acciona turbines, each with a rotor diameter of 125m, mounted on 120m high concrete towers. 

The Bannur wind farm is expected to generate about 242GWh of clean energy every year, which is equivalent to the power consumption of about 224,000 Indian homes.

The wind farm can help in offsetting about 232,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. 

Electricity generated from the wind farm will be supplied to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), after the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

Acciona said that the wind farm is the first one to have been directly developed by the company in the Indian market.

During the construction phase, the Bannur wind farm created about 600 direct jobs. The concrete towers used for the wind farm were built nearby purpose-built facility.

The turbine nacelles were mostly assembled at a plant in Chennai established by the company. 

Presently, Acciona owns and operates three other wind farms in India, including Anabaru (16.5 MW), Arasinagundi (13.3 MW) and Tuppadahalli (56.1 MW). All of these wind farms are located in the state of Karnataka.

With the installation and commissioning of the fourth wind farm, Acciona’s wind power portfolio in the country has grown to 163.8MW. The company has been operating in India since 2007.

Image: Acciona starts operations of 78MW wind farm in South India. Photo: Courtesy of Acciona.