The company announced that is has been selected by ReNew Power, the country’s largest renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP), to provide 120 GE 2.5-132 turbines for the Gadhsisa Wind Farm in Gujarat.
The wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 300MW, making it the largest full turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) project by GE Renewable Energy in India.
The company stated that the project will power the equivalent of 11 lakh homes with clean and reliable electricity. ReNew Power had successfully bid for this project in the third round of auctions conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in February 2018.
“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 are excited to bring this wind turbine, as well as other new turbines such as the 2.7, to the India region,” stated Mahesh Palashikar, Region Leader for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business in Asia.
The 2.5-132 turbines have been designed primarily at GE’s Technology Centre in Bangalore. The turbines are a significant improvement over previous version, with improved rotor diameter, wind capture and 30% more Annual Energy Production than GE’s 2.3-116 turbine.
“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,” stated Balram Mehta, President – Wind, ReNew Power Ltd. As part of the contract, GE will also maintain the facility, which is due to be commissioned by end 2019, for a period of 10 years.
Currently, GE India manufactures its wind turbines for the India market at its manufacturing facility in Pune.