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Sembcorp Energy commissions wind project, to give clean power to 6 lakh homes

NEW DELHI: Sembcorp Energy India Limited, owned by Singapore-based energy and infrastructure group Sembcorp Industries, became the first independent power producer to fully commission the first three wind auctions held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) after it completed its projects that have a combined capacity of 800 MW.This takes Sembcorp's total capacity across the country to 1,730 MW. The company said that it provides clean power to more six lakh households across seven states, saving carbon dioxide emissions in excess of 2 million tonnes per annum. Sembcorp continues to have the largest operational wind capacity via bids won from SECI.It had earlier won the SECI1 bid at Rs. 3.46 per kilowatt-hour, while the price dropped for the SECI2 and SECI3 bids to Rs. 2.65 and Rs. 2.44 per kilowatt-hour respectively.Currently online in nine states, the company also owns conventional power assets amounting to a power generation capacity of 2,640 MW. They originally entered the Indian market in 2011.The three latest projects of Sembcorp have a capacity of 250 MW, 250 MW, and 300 MW respectively. The first one is based in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, while the latter two are in Bhuj, Gujarat. The combined acreage of the projects is 2,606 square kilometres.Union power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh was present at the virtual ceremony of the event and reiterated the government's commitment to renewable energy, dedicating the three projects to the nation.Stressing that India remained a key market for Sembcorp's energy business, the parent company's group president and CEO Wong Kim Yin said that they will continue looking for ways to expand their sustainable energy business to support urbanisation, electrification, and decarbonisation in the country.