Located in Bijapur district in the state of Karnataka (south-west India), Bannur has twenty-six AW125/3000 Nordex-Acciona Windpower wind turbines (rotor diameter 125 metres) mounted on 120-metre high concrete towers.
The new facility generates an estimated 242 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year, equivalent to the consumption of over 224,000 Indian homes and avoiding the emission of 232,562 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations. The energy generated is supplied to the utility Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), following the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
This project is the first directly developed and built by ACCIONA in the Indian market, highlighting its capacity to adapt to the specific conditions of the country. The construction of Bannur has created more than 600 direct jobs, contributing to local development in the eighth biggest state in the country in terms of population. The concrete towers on which the turbines will be mounted have been built close to the site in a purpose-built facility.
The turbine nacelles have mostly been assembled in the plant set up by Nordex-Acciona Windpower – a company partly owned by ACCIONA – in the city of Chennai (south-east India). This factory assembles the AW3000 wind turbine, a 3-MW machine in its class II and III versions, which are ideal for sites with the medium-to-low winds that prevail in India.