NHPC to set up wind power project

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.

WindmillThe 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.