SMC sets up another wind power plant; Gujarat CM to inaugurate it

Surat: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will commission a 6.3 MW capacity Wind Power Plant at Sukhsan Village in Roha-Nakhatrana site of Kutch. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will dedicate this power plant tomorrow on 15th October.

The power plant has been set up at a total cost of Rs. 42.45 Crores and it will generate electrical energy in tune of 1.82 Crore Units per annum and draw income of Rs. 9.40 Crores per annum with expected payback period of 5.7 years whereas useful plant life is 20 years.

This implies that for over 14 years Surat Municipal Corporation will take the benefits of said wind power plant. In addition to this the plant will also counter the effects of climate change and will reduce GHG emission by 13,500 tonnes per annum.

With this, total Wind Power Plants installed by the Surat Municipal Corporation will become 38.7 MW, which are expected to generate electrical energy in tune of 9.25 Crores Units per annum and generate annual income of Rs. 53.00 Crores. Moreover, it will help to reduce GHG emission by 70,000 tonnes per annum.

Details: SMC Usage of Wind Energy for Management of Essential Municipal Services

-Surat Municipal Corporation is one of the leading Urban Local Body in the country that is using maximum renewable sources of energy to manage essential municipal services.

-To take a step forward, today on the 15th October, 2021 an another 6.3 MW capacity Wind Power Plant is commissioned and offered for “Lokarpan” by the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

-This 6.3 MW wind power plant is established at total cost of Rs. 42.45 Crores at Village:
Sukhsan, Roha-Nakhatrana site of district- Kutch. It shall generate electrical energy in
tune of 1.82 Crore Units per annum and income of Rs. 9.40 Crores per annum with
expected payback period of 5.7 years whereas useful plant life is 20 years, which implies
that more 14 years Surat Municipal Corporation will take the benefits of said wind
power plant. In addition, this will also to counter the effects of climate change and will
reduce GHG emission by 13,500 tonnes per annum.

-With this, total Wind Power Plants installed by the Surat Municipal Corporation will
become 38.7 MW, which are expected to generate electrical energy in tune of 9.25
Crores Units per annum and generate annual income of Rs. 53.00 Crores. In addition, it
will help to reduce GHG emission by 70,000 tonnes per annum.
History of Commissioned Wind Power Plants by Surat Municipal Corporation

-It is important to highlight here that Surat Municipal Corporation was the first Urban
Local Body who had started thinking to venture into wind power plant way back in 2004
and as a result, first wind power plant of 3 MW capacity was installed on 02-Nov-2010 at
Village- Gosa, Adodar site of district- Porbandar.It’s payback is already over in April-2018
and thereafter net income of Rs. 10.00 Crores already earned by Surat Municipal
Corporation till date having more than 9 years of useful life still left.
 SMC had commissioned total 32.4 MW capacity WPPs with total capital cost of Rs.
216.00 Crores and these plants have generated electrical energy in tune of 51.15 Crores
Units till Aug-2021, which has resulted in gross income of Rs. 307.00. After deducting O
& M expenses of Rs. 53.00 Crores, net revenue of Rs. 254.00 Crores had been
generated, which implies that capital cost invested of Rs. 216.00 Crores has been
already recovered and additional income of Rs. 38.00 Crores is realised till Sep-2021
having still more than 13 years of useful life of wind power plants still left.
 These WPPs with aggregate capacity of 38.7 MW are catering 42% of total power
demand of 91 MW of entire SMC. Electrical energy in tune of 8.25 Crore Units per
annum shall be received from 38.7 MW WPPs and its share shall be 28.4% of total
energy requirement of SMC.
 In addition to Wind Power Plants, Surat Municipal Corporation has already installed 7
MW of SPV based Solar Power Plants and 5.35 MW of Biogas Power Plants till date. All
these power plants catering 56% of total 91 MW power demand and providing electrical
energy in tune of 9.9 Crore Units per annum, which is catering 35% of total annual
electrical energy requirement of 28 Crores Units.

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