Wind power solutions provider Vestas will ramp up its equipment manufacturing capacity at Ahmedabad plant to 600 megawatt (MW) in 2-3 years from existing 200 MW to get a bigger share of over 5,000 MW annual market in India. “We will increase our equipment manufacturing capacity from around 200 MW to 600 MW in next 2-3 years mainly due to encouraging policy initiatives by the government,” Vestas Director, Marketing & Public Affairs, India & South East Asia, Amar Variawa said. Variawa said he expects a lot of wind power generation capacity addition in the country especially after the recent drop in tariff to new low of Rs 3.46 per unit in an auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India last fiscal. India had added around 5,400 MW of wind power generation capacity in the last fiscal. After the recent tariff based bidding of 1,000 MW wind power capacities, the government has planned to auction 4,000 MW capacities in the current fiscal.
India has set a target of having around 60,000 MW of wind power capacity by 2022. At present, India’s wind power generation capacity is around 28,000 MW. India needs to add 5000-6000 MW capacity each year in coming years to achieve the target. “Vestas had provide wind power solutions of 100 MW capacities in the last fiscal. Since we have 200 MW of manufacturing capacity here in India, we would be able to sell whatever we produce in a year,” Variawa said. Vestas design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 82 GW of wind turbines in 76 countries. Vestas today expanded its 2 MW platform with two new turbine variants with larger 116 meter and 120 meter rotors. The V116-2.0 MW and V120-2.0 MW offer industry-leading liveliest cost of energy at park level in medium, low, and ultra-low wind conditions globally, though particularly well- suited for the US, India and China, the company has said. First deliveries of the new turbine variants are expected in the third quarter of 2018 for the V120-2.0 MW, the company added.