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India

NO ONE HAS CHALLANGED US

A series of advertisements in Indian newspapers, inserted by NEPC-Micon to proclaim that the company is the world's number one manufacturer of wind turbines, may have raised some eyebrows. But company chairman Ravi Prakash Khemka is adamant: "We are number one. No one has challenged us." NEPC-Micon celebrates a decade in wind energy this year. "We command 80% of the market share. We are making three machines a day. We wanted to create a private market and can say confidently that we have played a part in doing so," boasts Khemka. The company has also become the first in Asia to set up a 600 kW wind turbine. Two 600 kW units are running at Muppandal and Kayathar. The rash of small companies now entering the wind business in India is worrying Khemka, though: "We need legislation to prevent unproved machines being installed. Incentives should only be given to proven machines. We do not want another California here," he says, adding that the quality of control systems and brakes made in India continues to be mediocre. "For the moment, we have gone back to importing them."

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