Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with Henrik Anderson, President and CEO of Vestas, world’s leading wind turbines maker, and discussed about issues related to the wind energy sector. During the conversation, Modi also highlighted India’s efforts towards harnessing renewable energy in order to build a cleaner future for the coming generations.
October 07, 2020. By Manu Tayal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with Henrik Anderson, President and CEO of Vestas, world’s leading wind turbines maker, and discussed about issues related to the wind energy sector.
During the conversation, PM Modi also highlighted the India’s efforts towards harnessing renewable energy in order to build a cleaner future for the coming generations.
PM Modi informed about his interaction with Henrik Anderson through a tweet “Had an insightful interaction with Mr. Henrik Andersen, President and CEO, Vestas. We discussed a series of issues relating to the wind energy sector. Highlighted some of India’s efforts to harness renewable energy in order to build a cleaner future for the coming generations.”
The move seems to come in the backdrop of Prime Minister Modi’s call for ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ under which the government is encouraging foreign companies to invest and set up their manufacturing bases in India.
On the other side, Vestas also announced the introduction of its V155-3.3 MW wind turbine optimised for low and ultra-low wind conditions with an aim to tap the Indian wind energy market. It also said that it is expanding its production footprints in the country.
Through this V155-3.3 MW wind turbine, the company initially targeted the low and ultra-low wind condition projects in the Indian and USA markets.
Commenting on the product launch, Thomas Scarinci, Senior Vice President of Product Management Vestas, said that “with this product designed specifically to optimise energy production in low and ultra-low wind conditions, we are confident that we can bring enhanced value to our customers and partners in India and other suited markets.”
The company said that the turbine will be predominantly locally manufactured and sourced in India, and it will increase its already prominent manufacturing footprint in India by establishing a new converter factory in Chennai and expanding its current blade factory in Ahmedabad.
These investments follow the company’s previously announced new nacelle and hub factory in Chennai, which is currently under construction.
The production ramp-up will add around 1,000 new jobs within the next year to the approximately 2,600 people currently working for Vestas in India. While the expanded production setup in India will serve the growing wind market in the region, it will also act as a strategic export hub.
“We have installed close to 4 GW of wind turbines in India over the last two decades and established a large production footprint, and we’re excited to leverage this as we support the government’s ambitions for renewable energy,” says Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.
Meanwhile, the prototype installation has been planned for Q3 of 2021, while serial production is expected by Q1 of 2022.
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