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Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Mridul Chadha


Bharat Light & Power Will Invest $1 Billion To Boost Renewable Energy Capacity In India

April 8th, 2014 by  

India Wind Turbine

Wind turbines in rural India
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The ‘India renewable energy story’ continues to sweeten as more and more companies are looking to aggressively invest into and expand renewable energy capacity across the country. The latest announcement comes from Bharat Light and Power, a fast-growing wind energy project developer.

The company plans to invest $1 billion to expand its renewable energy capacity portfolio from 200 MW to 1,000 MW over the next five years. The company is looking to raise this capital from investors with whom the management is currently in contact. Companies including UTI Capital and California-based venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson currently own stake in the three-year old company.

Bharat Light and Power came into the spotlight when it acquired 150 MW of wind energy assets owned by DLF, a housing and infrastructure company in India, for about $47 million in early 2013. Now the company is planning to set up its own wind energy projects in several states across the country.

Bharat Light and Power also entered into a deal with IBM last year to utilize the latter’s cloud computing resources to monitor wind turbines in remote areas of the country. The technology provided by IBM would allow BLP to monitor local wind conditions, operations of wind turbines and proactively take appropriate measures to optimise and increase power generation.

Interest in the Indian wind energy sector has been rekindled since the reintroduction of the generation-based incentive or GBI which gives the projects developers a fixed price for every unit of electricity generated over-and-above the preferential tariff they already enjoy. Wind is already the leading renewable energy technology in India, accounting for about two-thirds of the country’s total renewable energy capacity. Preferential tariffs on offer to the developers have also been rising steadily over the last few years.

A private equity fund run by Goldman Sachs has so far invested $335 million in another renewable energy start-up ReNew Power Limited. The company, which is looking to expand business into solar energy as well, aims to have an installed capacity of 1,000 MW by 2015.

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About the Author

currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.

  • JamesWimberley

    “Preferential tariffs on offer to the developers have also been rising steadily over the last few years.”
    Really? That smacks of panic, as the cost of wind power has been falling globally. But blacking out 620 million people is seriously unpopular, the coal sector is in crisis, and nuclear plans are always jam tomorrow. Technologies that can actually deliver power to voters before the next election have a definite appeal to politicians.

    • Preferential tariffs are on the rise as almost all the high potential sites have been exhausted. Developers are now looking to set up projects at sites with moderate to low potential.

      In India preferential tariffs for wind projects is usually categorised on the basis of the site of the project. Projects located in high potential area have lower tariff while those in low potential areas have high tariff.

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