HAL opens 8.4 MW wind power plant in Karnataka


HAL has inaugurated an 8.4 MW wind energy power plant – set up with an investment of Rs 59 crore — near Ilkal in Bagalkot district in Karnataka.

HAL will use wind power for captive energy consumption at Bengaluru. Suzlon Energy was the technology partner for the wind power project.

“Through this green initiative, HAL will reduce its carbon footprint by around 25,000 tonnes per annum. This project would cater to about 25 percent energy consumption at Bengaluru-based divisions,” said R Madhavan, chairman and managing director, HAL.

The plant comprising four wind turbines has the potential to generate around 260 lakh units per annum with an estimated annual savings of around Rs 18 crore to the company.

This is the second wind energy project for HAL. HAL already owns a 6.3MW wind energy power plant near Davangere. A 3.5 MW solar power plant is also operational at HAL Airport in Bengaluru.

Together, the renewable energy plants will meet around 50 percent HAL Bengaluru-based divisions’ electricity consumption.