India is currently ranked at number five in Wind power production. The total installed wind power capacity at the end of January 2014 was 21,264 MW. At the top of the table is China, followed by US, Germany and Spain.
Although the state of Madhya Pradesh has not done much in the field of wind power production, but it has some successful wind farm projects to its credit. The wind power project (wind farm) at Jamgodrani Hills, near Dewas on Bhopal-Indore highway is one of the prominent wind power projects in Madhya Pradesh.
This 13 MW project was commissioned during 1995-1999 by MP Windfarms Ltd (MPWL) which is a joint sector company. The parties having stake in MP Windfarms Ltd are Consolidated Energy Consultants Ltd. (CECL), MP Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). The project has total 58 numbers of Wind Electric Generators (WEG), each of 225 kW capacity. These wind turbines are in operation since 15-19 years and still performing nicely with 98% machine availability. The yearly operation and maintenance cost is only about 3% of the total project cost which is quiet remarkable considering that the wind farm is near the end of its life span. The life span of the project is assessed as 20 years.
These large numbers of turbines are connected to a metering point and the whole electrical energy produced is fed to the grid of the Western region Distribution Company of M.P. Figure shows the Wind turbines of Jamgodrani Wind farm, Dewas and was taken in 2010.
Jamgodrani Wind Farm, near Dewas on Bhopal-Indore highway
MP Windfarms Ltd is providing the engineering services and project coordination required for a wind farm project. It is actively engaged in the design and commissioning of wind farm projects which include preparation of detailed project report, detailed construction drawing, execution of civil and electrical works, supervision of erection and commissioning etc. They are also involved in operation and maintenance business of wind turbines.
Similarly, CECL which has 51% equity in MP Windfarms Ltd has handled many wind farm related assignment, ranging from conceptualization to commissioning of wind power projects, both in the country and abroad.