The contract comprises supply and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system as well as a 10-year service and maintenance agreement.
“This exciting project in Theni is a major step forward for Vestas in India. We are thrilled that CLP has chosen Vestas as their wind energy solution provider to help CLP realise their own renewable energy ambitions. This project award is recognition of Vestas’ long-standing reputation for capability, innovation and competitive strength in this significant wind energy market,” says Vestas Asia Pacific’s President, Sean Sutton.
Vestas has been active in India for more than 10 years, and as per 30 June 2009, Vestas had installed more than 2,100 MW of wind power in India.
“To receive this order in challenging times shows the confidence that our customers have in our products, technology and the business case certainty that we offer,” adds Managing Director of Vestas India, Arvind Kaul.
“As the largest foreign investor in the Indian power sector, CLP has a long-term commitment to providing power to support the social and economic development of India in an environmentally responsible manner. The Theni plant not only adds to our current renewable portfolio of 350 MW of wind power in the country, but also underpins our contribution to the CLP Group’s Climate Vision 2050 which outlines an interim target of reaching 20 per cent of the Group’s generating capacity from non-carbon emitting generation across Asia Pacific by 2020. We see tremendous opportunities in the renewable energy sector in India and view our partnership with Vestas as a key milestone for both companies,” said Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director – India, CLP.
Shipment of the turbines is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009 with expected commissioning to take place in January 2010.
With a 20 per cent market share, and 38,000 wind turbines installed, Vestas is the world’s leading supplier of wind power solutions.
Wind power is competitive
Wind power has now reached a level of technological maturity where it can compete on price with conventional sources of energy. And as a business investment, it’s as competitive as more conventional energy sources, such as oil and gas.
Wind power is free and plentiful
In 2006, a report by Emerging Energy Research revealed that land-based wind power is only marginally more expensive than electricity from a new coal-fired power station – and its cost is equal to electricity from a new natural gas-fired plant. But that’s not taking into account the cost of CO2 emissions.
Improving technology to drive competitiveness
Since we put up the first turbine in 1976, we have improved output 100 times over. Our aim is to bring down the cost of wind-generated electricity even further. Vestas is already the world leader in turbine technology and we have more than 20,000 people working to constantly improve our turbines even more. Take the V90-3.0 MW turbine. Every aspect has been rethought to reduce the cost per kWh. It’s lighter, making it cheaper to produce, transport and install. And it takes only three hours for a V90-3.0 MW to supply the average European family with electricity for an entire year.
Vestas R&D Technology is investing heavily in new technologies all over the world. Besides the largest R&D center placed in Aarhus (Denmark) we have opened or plan to open R&D centers in Singapore, Chennai (India) and Houston (US).
Still not convinced? There are four other reasons why wind is modern energy:
Wind power is predictable
The price of oil, natural gas and other materials fluctuates. The price of wind is predictable – it’s free in every currency. This creates a strong business case for people and governments looking to invest in energy.
Meeting the world’s energy demands
Wind turbines do not run at full capacity 365 days a year. But neither do conventional energy plants. In countries like Denmark, wind already meets one-fifth of the population’s total energy needs – and Denmark has achieved this using less than 20 percent of its actual wind resources. On very windy days, Denmark gets all of its electricity from the country’s 5,000 wind turbines.
Making turbines even more reliable
Vestas have been harnessing the power of the wind for more than 30 years. Our turbines are already the most efficient on the market. And we’re working to make them even more efficient. In 2008, we opened the largest R&D centre in the wind power industry, housing more then 500 engineers. Our turbines are now 100 times more efficient than they were 25 years ago. As a result, the 38,000 Vestas turbines around the world produce enough energy to power every household in a country the size of Spain.
Wind power is independent
Wind knows no limits and doesn’t recognise national boundaries. It’s an unlimited source of energy indigenous to every country in the world. Wind creates local jobs – and it has the power to free countries from energy dependence.
Energy independence and local jobs
This is important for both business and political decision-makers. Energy is becoming an increasingly strategic and political issue for governments around the world. Many countries need to import power to fuel their economies and homes – and many governments want to increase their energy independence.
As well as freeing a country from energy imports, energy independence benefits economies by boosting local employment levels. And so does Vestas. We have already opened two new factories in the US and plan to open an R&D centre in Houston in 2010.
Harnessing the power of the wind efficiently
The wind is everywhere. There is an unlimited supply – and it’s free. But it doesn’t turn into energy all by itself. The key is using technologically advanced turbines to harness the wind’s power effectively and efficiently. In just three hours, a Vestas V90-3.0 MW turbine can produce enough electricity to supply an average European household with electricity for a whole year. Our goal is to bring the benefits of this technology to people around the world.
Wind energy is fast
When we say wind is ‘fast’, we don’t mean that wind turbines turn quickly. We mean that wind power plants can start producing energy very quickly. In fact, you can get a Vestas wind power plant up and running in a year – much faster than conventional energy plants – and this means a quick return on investment. Take the V90-3.0 MW. Thanks to modern materials and design, it’s lighter than ever before, making it easier to transport and faster to install. And it’s efficient enough to pay for itself in energy more than 35 times during its lifetime.
Making modern energy an attractive investment
Together the 38,000 Vestas wind turbines around the globe already generate more than 60 million MWh a year. We predict that wind will cover at least 10 percent of the world’s electricity consumption by 2020. This will require more investment in wind power around the world, but we know it can happen.
Wind power is clean
Wind is clean. It doesn’t produce CO2 and other greenhouse gasses. And it doesn’t use up our already scarce drinking water. It just produces energy.
The question is not if CO2 emissions should be reduced, but how. Fossil fuels like oil and gas produce CO2, while other technologies leave behind hazardous waste for future generations. Coal and nuclear power plants require large amounts of clean water – already a diminishing resource.
Energy efficiency for the entire life cycle
Wind power is clean. A Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbine produces the same amount of electricity as 13,000 barrels of oil each year – without the emissions. And each year the 38,000 Vestas wind turbines around the world save the planet from more than 40 million tonnes of CO2 compared to oil.
But clean energy is about more than that. You also need to consider energy consumption throughout a power plant’s entire life cycle, from construction to dismantling. Even with the environmental impact of raw materials, manufacturing, transport, service and disposal, a V90-3.0 MW onshore turbine is carbon neutral after only 6.6 months of energy production. And 80 percent of each turbine we make is recyclable.
Leading the world in sustainable energy
Vestas lead the world when it comes to turning wind power into clean, sustainable electricity. But we want to do more. So by 2020, we’ll use clean electricity for more than 90 percent of our internal energy consumption.
Results – country by country-Delivered Vestas turbines as of 31 December 2008
Belgium- 24- 42,77 MW
Brazil- 49- 79,43 MW
Bulgaria -5,11- 9,20 MW
Canada- 822,18 -1132,00 MW
Cape Verde- 9- 2,55 MW
Caribbean Islands -2- 0,20 MW
Chile -14- 20,13 MW
China- 1523,8- 1522,50 MW
Costa Rica -71- 50,55 MW
Croatia -21- 47,95 MW
Cuba -4 -3,80 MW
Czech Republic -26- 28,47 MW
Denmark -4880- 2430,86 MW
Egypt -124- 79,07 MW
Finland -38- 18,45 MW
France – incl. New Caledonia- 427- 740,45 MW
Germany- 5595- 6841,58 MW
Greece -532- 612,17 MW
Hungary -26- 59,60 MW
India -4025 -2095,59 MW
Iran- 37- 16,38 MW
Israel -3 -0,46 MW
Italy -1840,22- 1817,87 MW
Jamaica -24- 20,93 MW
Japan- 379- 509,98 MW
Jordan -5- 1,13 MW
Latvia -1- 0,85 MW
Lithuania -6- 18,00 MW
Luxemburg -13- 9,40 MW
Malaysia -1- 0,15 MW
Mauritius -1- 0,10 MW
Mexico -5- 1,13 MW
Morocco -84- 50,40 MW
Netherlands -1253,35- 1478,35 MW
New Zealand -219 -309,96 MW
North Korea -2- 0,18 MW
Norway -27 -15,88 MW
Peru -1 -0,25 MW
Philippines -20- 33,00 MW
Poland -103 -190,83 MW
Portugal -311- 534,50 MW
Republic of Ireland -460- 393,65 MW
Romania -1- 0,66 MW
Russia -3- 1,10 MW
Slovakia -4- 2,64 MW
South Africa -2- 2,41 MW
South Korea -104- 166,49 MW
Spain -2232,4- 2646,46 MW
Sri Lanka -5- 3,00 MW
Sweden -756- 615,86 MW
Switzerland -9- 8,56 MW
Taiwan -50- 86,10 MW
Thailand -1- 0,15 MW
Turkey -70- 168,91 MW
United Arab Emirates -1- 0,85 MW
United Kingdom -895,22- 1082,47 MW
Uruguay -5- 10,00 MW
USA -10144,03- 6273,41 MW
Total -38,093.13-33,751.81 MW