Within the next three months, India's biggest state owned power generation company, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), hopes to announce the results of its tender seeking bids to develop a 100 MW wind farm on its behalf. The tender, now closed, required bidders to be responsible for the entire project, from gaining site permits to turning the start key. Bidders were required to have identified and acquired a suitable site for the project, the ownership or lease deeds of which would then be transferred to NTPC. The winner must also provide full operation and maintenance services for a ten year period. India's leading developer and turbine manufacturer, Suzlon, and Denmark's Vestas are among the bidders. The project is part of NTPC's plan to have at least 1000 MW of renewables capacity by 2017, still tiny compared with its existing conventional power portfolio totalling 29,144 MW. By 2013 it hopes its installed wind capacity will reach 500 MW.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol