Shimla: Union power minister Piyush Goyal today dedicated the 47.6 MW Khirvire wind power station, in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, to the nation at a simple but impressive ceremony that was attended by other political leaders and senior officials.
The Khirvire wind power station is SJVN, a Mini Ratna central sector power generation company, maiden foray into harnessing wind power.
Built at a cost of Rs 299.6 crore, all the 56 Wind Energy Generators with an individual turbine having the capacity to generate 850 KW at the Khirvire wind farm were commissioned by 20th May, 2014.
Power generated from the Khirvire Wind Power Station is being sold to MSEDCL through PPAs valid for 13 years. Since commissioning, the station has fed a total of 123 million units of green power into the Grid.
Speaking on the occasion Piyush Goyal said, “India after China, USA, Germany and Spain has the fifth largest installed grid connected wind power capacity in the world. However, India still has yet to do a lot to harness its wind power potential fully.”
Those present on the occasion included RN Mishra, Chairman-cum-Managing Director SJVN, Atul Sawe, MLA, Aurangabad, Dr. Nidhi Pande, District Magistrate, Aurangabad, RK Bansal, Director (Electrical) SJVN, Sanjay Uppal Head of Project and other officials.
Established on 24th May, 1988, the profit making SJVN, a joint venture company of the central government with Himachal Pradesh government, operates the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower plant, which happens to be the largest hydro plant in the country.