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Wind Power News: India


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills not so green for wildlife

The spinning turbines of windmills, touted as a safe source of renewable energy, may be a lurking danger to wildlife in forests. Apart from direct impact, blades of the turbines are driving away animals to the fringes of forests, and this might be leading to increased man-animal conflict. A two-year research project by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), commissioned by State government agencies, has found that not only do windmills lead to bird and bat . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Birds, mammals stay away from ‘noisy windmills’

Compared to fossil fuel, wind energy wreaks less destruction on the environment, but in the State many wind turbines have come up in forest areas, often at the cost of its denizens. A study, by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), has found that apart from direct impact, noise and vibrations from the blades were driving away animals, thereby increasing the possibility of man-animal conflict. The study was necessitated by the growing number of windmills in . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

It’s loud and busy at the sites

For most animals, being around windmills, must seem like one is next to a highway with noisy trucks. H.N. Kumara and his team, from the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), measured the noise levels near windmills as being up to 85 decibels or the noise made by large goods trucks. The persistent drone of a wind turbine, which operates 24×7, is consistently above 70dB. This is more than noise levels for residential areas in major cities . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers stage protest against windmill firms at grievance meet

Accusing the wind turbine generator firms of coercing farmers and forming roads via their farms without getting permission, a group of farmers raised slogans during the farmers’ grievance day meet held here on Friday. After raising slogans to highlight their demand of stern action against the wind farm companies, the farmers laid down on the floor in front of Collector Sandeep Nanduri who was chairing the grievance meet. Farmers O. A. Narayanasamy, Veerapandi, Chellasamy and Maharajan of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

PTC India looking at wind exit

PTC India, the largest power trader in India, is reportedly looking to divest its wind power portfolio of about 290MW spread across Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Bangladesh. While the company has not made an official announcement, the reports came on the heels of media outlets airing the dissatisfaction of institutional investors that hold nearly 60% of the stake in the firm. The investors expressed concerns about new non-core business investments, many of which are non-performing assets, and have asked the . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Do hares benefit from wind farms?

With their tall turbines and rotating blades, wind farms often take the lives of bats and birds. But windmills could be life-savers for black-naped hares, suggests a preliminary study. Researchers find that these hares use a wind farm much more than forested areas in remote Karnataka. Wind energy was long touted as ‘green’ until scientists began quantifying its various ecological costs, including the direct toll it takes on wildlife. Birds and bats often collide with the blades of wind turbines . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Blades of windmill ripped off after high speed wind strikes Chitradurga

Strong winds along with heavy rains in Karnataka’s Chitradurga have dismantled a windmill. The huge blades of wind turbines were torn apart as high-speed wind hit the area. The whole incident is caught on camera. However, no injuries to any person were reported yet as these windmills are located at top of mountains. Chitradurga is known for its wind power project aimed at generating clean electricity and subsequently reducing carbon dioxide production. This project is scattered across two districts in . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Six villagers detained

Tension prevails in Vadakku Silukkanpatti near here after the police detained six persons, including five women, for allegedly damaging the vehicles of private windmill firm officials when they had gone to the hamlet on Friday evening for windmill installation survey. Police said the people of Vadakku Silukkanpatti near here are protesting against windmills being installed in their area as the trucks carrying oversized spares for the wind turbine generators badly damage their fields and the water bodies feeding their farms. . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rethinking wind energy

The bald tops of the Western Ghats are a pristine ecosystem replete with innumerable animal species and, apparently, an abundance of wind and windmills. As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq km of forested area, with permissions for another 30 or so sq km still pending. This isn’t surprising given that India’s potential wind power map envelops the Western Ghats (from Kerala to Gujarat) . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Installation of windmills damaging cultivable lands’

Protesting the erection of windmills on cultivable lands and the “authoritarian attitude” of officials of wind turbine generator installation companies, farmers appealed to Collector N. Venkatesh here on Friday to check this menace immediately. During the farmers’ grievance redressal meet held here on Friday, a group of agriculturists from North Silukkanpatti, holding banners against wind turbine generators installation companies, rushed towards the seat of the Collector, who was chairing the meeting. “Since the wind turbine generators installation companies are installing . . . Complete story »

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