ACC commissions wind energy farm in Tamil Nadu

ACC commissions wind energy farm in Tamil Nadu
Published: 08 October 2007

Indian cement major ACC Ltd today said that it has successfully commissioned its first wind  farm at Udayathoor in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.  
 
The initiative was taken up to reduce its dependence on conventional fossil fuel-based energy sources, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange in a communique.  
 
"The state of Tamil Nadu has been pro-active in promoting and adopting renewable sources of energy. Our Madukkarai cement plant has already been contributing to conserving mineral resources by using low-grade limestone and fly-ash," Managing Director Sumit Banerjee said.  
 
"I am pleased to dedicate the Udayathoor Wind Farm to honour this nature-friendly spirit of the people and the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Udayathoor Wind Project is a small but significant milestone in ACC’s journey towards sustainable development," he said.  
 
This has been done under its efforts to adopt clean and green technologies, it said.  
 
The wind power plant comprises six modern wind turbines with capacity of 1.5 MW each made by  Suzlon Energy Ltd, it said.  
 
The project was executed in a record time of three months, it said. The company’s wind farm is located near Kanyakumari, a region that experiences winds of high-speed to support installations, it said.  
 
Wind power generated would be transmitted to the company’s Madukkarai cement plant in Coimbatore through a suitable arrangement with the state grid, it said.  
 
Excess power not utilised by Madukkarai plant would be offered to the grid, it said.  
 
The shares of the company closed 3.11 per cent down at Rs 1176.60 on the BSE.