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Indian Energy fully commissions Theni wind farm ahead of schedule

India based wind farm operator Indian Energy (LON:IEL) has fully commissioned its 16.5 MW (megawatt) wind farm at Theni together with the associated substation.

The project, which has been constructed by Regen Powertech, consists of eleven 1.5 MW turbines. Eight of the turbines and substations were completed on 30 June and the first three were commissioned in February.

Indian Energy has entered in to a 20 year power purchase agreement with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for the sale of the power generated from the first 3 turbines at a rate of Rs. 3.39 per kWh (kilowatt per hour), expecting to enter into a similar agreement with the TNEB for the remaining right turbines shortly.

The first 4.5 MW of the project have been granted approval under the Generation Base Incentive Scheme to earn an additional Rs. 0.50 per kWh. The group anticipates the same approval for the final twelve 12 MW to be granted in short tem.

“We are delighted that the Theni project is now fully commissioned.  By working closely with our supplier, Regen Powertech and our bankers, State Bank of India, we have succeeded in completing this project ahead of our target time frame of 9 to 12 months from signing the construction contract.  I believe this clearly demonstrates the Indian Energy team's ability to not only effectively manage wind projects in India but also deliver on its business plan,” said Chief Executive of Indian Energy Rupert Strachwitz.