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Signs of life in Maharashtra

Vestas RRB is the first company to install a wind turbine in the western state of Maharashtra following the lifting of restrictions on independent wind development. The 225 kW machine was commissioned as part of the state's first private sector wind farm at Thoseghar in the Satara district. The turbine was installed for Borax Morarji Ltd. Thoseghar has a dedicated grid for the uptake of 30 MW, according to Sarvesh Kumar of Vestas RRB. Maharashtra Electricity Board buys the power at INR 0.0265/kWh, slightly higher than the price paid by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), which currently pays INR 0.0245/kWh. Vestas RRB has so far installed five 225 kW turbines with four more in the pipeline in Thoseghar. Kumar is confident more clients will follow with the implementation of the new policy, which follows federal government guidelines. "Tata Electric and Bombay State Electricity Supply in Bombay do not permit wheeling. The Maharashtra Energy Development Authority is in talks with them for permission to do so. If this works out, we have received enquiries from hotels interested in buying power. This will boost wind energy in the state," Kumar says. Vestas RRB has already entered the arena of the hospitality industry. It has erected 25, 225 kW wind turbines for Narang International Hotels (NIH). "The main advantage our company enjoys is the consumption of electricity at our Ambassador Pallava hotel in Chennai, which is offset against the units generated at the wind farm," says Rahul Narang of NIH. "This has led to substantial savings. We sell the excess energy to TNEB.

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