The factory would enable Indian subsidiary Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd to manufacture reliable and cost effective G 58 to 850 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines suited specially for the Indian grid and wind conditions.
The facility was equipped with a production capacity of 500 megawatt (MW) per annum and would employ more than 100 people.
According to Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd CMD Ramesh Kymal the company had already taken up development works that included the purchase of land, installation of wind turbines, maintaining and operating the wind farms.
‘As of now we are setting up two wind farms in Tamilnadu with a total capacity of 135 MW — 85 MW wind farm in Theni and 50 MW farm in Coimbatore,’ he said.
While the Theni farm would have around 100 windmills, the Coimbatore farm would consist of 60 units and total investments in these two places would be around Rs 500 crore.
Speaking after the inauguration of the production facility, Gamesa group chairman and CEO Jorge Calvet Spinatsch said India was a market having outstanding prospect for developing wind energy.
‘We are taking up a number of long-term commitments through gradual investment and hope to attain a progressively larger market share,’ he said. With the current set up in India, Gamesa now has 31 production centres in Europe, Asia and the US having a total workforce of 7,000 employees.