The country's largest hydro-electric power producer, NHPC Limited (formerly known as National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd), is setting up a 100 MW wind energy power project in Madhya Pradesh. The project will come up at Kukroo according to NHPC chairman and managing director, S K Garg.
The company is also interested in entering other non-conventional energy generation projects including solar energy and has formed a subsidiary, Narmada Hydro-electric Development Corporation (NHDC) for the purpose. It has received approval from the Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation (MPEDC) garg said.
NHDC is a joint venture between NHPC and the Madhya Pradesh government in which NHPC holds 51 per cent of the stake with the state government holding the rest.
The Centre for Wind Power Technology (CWPT) under the ministry of new and reneable energy (MNRE) had invited proposals for setting up wind energy projects in Madhya Pradesh
NHPC is also in the process of setting up a 1,000 MW thermal power project at Kahadwa in Madhya Pradesh, through NHDC and says it is also working towards ensuring that its projects are environment friendly.
Earlier this week it announced that it planned to commission nine projects by the 2012 to take the company's capacity to 10,000 MW.
The company commissioned two project – 520 MW Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh and 510 MW Teesta-V in Sikkim during the last fiscal.
The 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower in Assam is likely to come up during in 2012-17 given the longer gestation of hydro power projects.
Other projects include 800mw Parbati-II and 520mw Parbati-III in Himachal Pradesh.
Garg said that the company hoped to commission nine projects by March 2012 and hence the company's installed capacity would rise to 10,000mw from the current 5200mw. He added that the company had planned 12 projects aggregating 5,322 MW capacity by the end of the plan period, out of which two had been executed and barring one the rest would be commissioned as scheduled.