K. Raju

THENI: Wind power generation in the district has been picking up well in the district for the past one week, thanks to strong winds with high velocity.

High potential for wind power generation and availability of large tracts of open land attracted several companies, including foreign wind power companies to the district. At present, wind power generating turbines in the district have been generating roughly 13 lakh to 14 lakh units every day in the past one week, owing to sharp increase in velocity of wind, according to V. Madhana Mohan, Superintending Engineer, Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board.

Now, the district has 85 wind power generating units with a total power generation capacity of 135 MW. All the units had been jointly generating 45 MW of power last week.

However, the power generation had touched its peak of 100 MW in some days, he added. “Increase or decrease in quantum of power generation depends on speed of the wind and its duration. All these units are hooked on with the national grid.” Many have planned to commission more units in the district. Even multinational companies, including mega firms from Spain, too chose Theni as their prime location, next to Coimbatore, to set up large number of wind farms.

Already, many private companies had started installing the windmills in Gandamanur, Rasingapuram, Kamatchipuram and Andipatti. The total units in the district would cross 125-mark shortly.