Textiles industry continues to drive India's wind boom

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India's textiles industry continues to take advantage of government incentives available for wind power investment. Ambika Cotton Mills, with new plans to manufacture high quality compact yarn, is banking on wind turbines with a combined capacity of 13 MW to provide the necessary power. With a loan of $11.10 million from the Textiles Upgradation Fund, the project is scheduled for completion in July and will "supply the entire power requirements of the company with consequent benefits of reduction in power cost," notes the company. The 4 MW first phase will use 800 kW wind turbines. Meanwhile, Amarjothi Spinning Mills, which already has a 1.25 MW turbine installed at its site in Sankaneri Village, Tirunelveli District, is proposing to go one step further. It wants to set up a wind power division and add more turbines to its inventory to meet the total electricity requirements of the mill. According to the company's Tirupur Rajan, the proposal is designed as "a measure to reduce power costs and ensure availability of power during periods of shortages."

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