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Spanish energy operator opens its biggest wind farm in India

ACCIONA inaugurates third Indian wind project to become Spain’s biggest wind power operator in the country

The Tuppadahalli wind park will give a 56 MW boost to wind power in India
The Tuppadahalli wind park will give a 56 MW boost to wind power in India

A Spanish wind operator has opened its biggest wind farm in India. ACCIONA Energy has inaugurated the Tuppadahalli wind park, its third wind installation in India and the biggest in terms of installed capacity. 

Located in Karnataka state, the 56 MW Tuppadahalli wind park will produce electric power equivalent to the consumption of 35,000 Indian homes.
 
The three wind farms the company owns in India are located in the state of Karnataka, with a total installed capacity of 85.8 MW. This makes ACCIONA the biggest Spanish wind power operator in the country.

The inauguration ceremony for Tuppadahalli was attended by ACCIONA vice-president Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, ACCIONA president Carmen Becerril and the managing director of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., Prasanna Kumar.

The Tuppadahalli wind park has thirty-four 1.65 MW turbines which, through wind power, will avoid the emission of around 129,000 metric tons of CO2 a year to the atmosphere from conventional power plants in the state. The electricity generated is purchased by the state-owned distribution company MESCOM.

All ACCIONA's wind parks in India are wholly owned by the company. The new facility joins the wind parks of Arasinagundi (13.2 MW), installed in 2007, and Anabaru (16.5 MW), which entered service in 2008.

ACCIONA said it has a number of projects at an advanced stage of development, with the aim of consolidating its position as the leading Spanish wind power operator in India.

The company said: “ACCIONA's wind parks in India have achieved a high load factor which optimises the generation of energy and the profitability obtained from production.”

ACCIONA has included its three operational wind parks in India under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) envisaged in the Kyoto Protocol against Climate Change, which guarantees the economic viability of projects through the trading of emission rights derived from renewable generation.