LAND STILL TO BE DEVELOPED BY SEPL
Infrastructure development being carried out by SEPL include, Identification of
Area, obtaining approvals for the identified Area, Acquisition of Lands,
Development of Lands, Civil Works for WEG Foundations, Electrical works
being setting up transmission lines for evacuation of Electricity to the nearest
The process includes monitoring the wind patterns over a period of more
than 12 months by setting up Wind Masts and recording the wind speed,
wind direction, air density etc. at various heights and using the data for
arriving at accurate generation of electricity for different types of Wind
Electric Generators. SEPL, utilizing the services of top notch
Professionals in this field, carried out survey of many places for setting
Up Wind Farms and has identified places near Satara & Sangali, Maharashtra
B. Obtaining Approvals:
The basic approval for development of Wind Farms is given by the
Maharashtra Renewable Electricity Department Authority Maharashtra. a Government of Maharashtra . The approval has to be confirmed by the Ministry
of Energy, Maharashtra and a Government Order has to be passed in the
official gazette of the Government, allotting the areas to the applicant.
The process takes its own time and SEPL has been fortunate to get the
all the approvals for all the areas applied for.
SEPL has obtained approval for 140MW in the first phase, and the
Approval shall be enhanced with payment of required fees and meeting
Necessary expenses. In the areas identified by SEPL minimum of
500MW Wind Farm can be set up.
B. Acquisition of Land:
The areas identified by SEPL for the Wind Farm Development are largely
agricultural lands, of small farmers, for cultivation of Corn, Cotton etc. In
India, the acquisition of lands from farmers for industrial development is
a delicate and often a tricky process. Usually big industrial
Conglomerates acquire large quantities of lands with the help of the State
Government. The business houses do not directly deal with the farmers
and the State Governments usually hands out only pittance to the
Farmers. The farmers are deprived of their basic livelihood creating socioeconomic law and order problems.
SEPL has been acquiring only the bare minimum land required for each
WEG, so that farm lands are not acquired unnecessarily. SEPL has made
it corporate policy to deal directly with farmers and has been utilizing the
Services of the local community leaders. SEPL has also undertaken
necessary alternate income generation opportunities for the farmers
including providing employment at the Wind Farm Sites. This
participation and involvement of the local farmers in the process of the
development has created a congenial and peaceful atmosphere at the
Wind Farm sites.
C. Development of Lands:
Approvals have to be obtained from local authorities for converting the
Agriculture lands into industrial lands for Wind Farm purposes. The
lands acquired are to be then marked for WEGs, which is called Micrositing,
setting up approach roads, Metering Yards, power lines for
Evacuation of Electrical power etc. making it suitable for a Wind Farm.
D. CIVIL WORK:
The lands identified and acquired as mentioned above then shall be
prepared for setting up of Wind Electrical Generators, (WEGs). WEGs
vary in capacity. The smallest 225KW capacity. The largest WEG being used in India is of 2MW capacity. The WEGs are installed on a foundation of concrete with approved drawing, design and specification.