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Construction underway for 50MW second phase of India’s Balavenkatpuram wind farm, says Greenko

Indian renewables group announces second phase of Andhra Pradesh wind farm will use Gamesa wind turbines as first phase is completed

Balavenkatpuram wind farm in Andhra Pradesh, India
Greenko has completed the 51.2MW first phase of Balavenkatpuram wind farm

Indian renewable energy developer Greenko Group has started construction of the second phase of Balavenkatpuram wind farm in Andhra Pradesh, India. The 50MW second phase features G97wind turbines with 90m hub height and 97m diameter blades procured from Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa.

Greenko has already completed the 51.2MW first phase of the wind farm. The first phase entailing EUR 40m (USD 53.5m) investment is equipped with GE 1.6 XLE wind turbines, manufactured by US electric giant General Electric.

The wind turbines have the potential to deliver close to a 30 per cent capacity factor in an average year. The energy developer completed the first phase one month ahead of schedule. The commissioning of the first phase has increased the company’s wind power generating capacity to 411MW, a 38 per cent increase since April 2013.

Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO of Greenko, said: "Our first two wind farms refined our modular approach to wind farm construction, which is now delivering substantial and predictable growth. As a result, we should double our generating capacity this financial year to 600MW and remain in line to hit our 2015 target of 1,000MW."

Greenko, which has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement with the state government, is expected to benefit from increased tariff along with generation based incentive (GBI).