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Greenko commissions 15MW India wind farm using ReGen’s low-wind turbine

Indian firm Greenko commissions wind farm equipped with V-87 1.5MW low-wind gearless turbine in Karnataka

Wind farm with sunset
The 1.5MW turbine at Greenko’s 15MW site in India is suitable for low wind speeds

Indian renewable energy developer Greenko has commissioned a 15MW wind farm on a low-wind site in south-western state Karnataka , according to reports. The wind farm, called Matrix, features the V-87 1.5MW gearless low-wind turbine manufactured by ReGen Powertech, India’s turbine manufacturer, in partnership with Germany’s Vensys.

The 1.5MW wind turbine has been certified as GL class III B by TuV NORD in Germany, and is suitable for low wind and medium wind speed sites.

ReGen said: “The V-87 wind turbine has inbuilt low voltage right through (LVRT) which leads to better compliance with grid regulation. A new blade design with rotor diameter of 87m offers a larger swept area enabling greater energy capture and power production from low to medium wind speeds”.

“The V-87 is available with tower heights of 85m and combined with our all new third generation rotor, enables it to deliver 15 per cent increase in annual energy production over our first V-77 design and between a 5 to 7 per cent increase in annual energy production over our V-82 design in the 85m  configuration.”

The wind power generated at the USD 21m wind farm will be supplied directly to an IT park in Bangalore through an indexed power purchase agreement for ten years.

Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO at Greenko, said to Venture Capital Post: "Our strategy of building large wind farms in a phased manner, using the latest low wind speed turbine technology and connecting to the high voltage transmission grid, means we can deliver significant, predictable and profitable growth. Matrix is our fourth wind farm this financial year. We expect to commission a further five wind farms before the 2014 monsoon, which would give us over 600MW for next year's main generating season." .

The commissioning of the Matrix wind farm has boosted Greenko’s renewable energy portfolio to 426MW. Another 15MW will be added post completion of the Mangalore wind farm project in December.