In 1996 the Indian government leased land in Satara district (Maharasthtra) for a windmill demonstration project. Later it bought the land from villagers at a cheap price to set up four 3.75 MW windmills. A few years later (1999) Suzlon purchased land from villages within a 20 km radius to expand wind power in the region. The company acquired the land cheaply, having told villagers that they would get employment. However, they only received temporal contracts. Grazing – the major previous land use – is now banned on the land occupied by windmills. Other companies like Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Star and Sarita Chemicals then invested in the Suzlon windmills becoming owners of windfarms. This companies sell the electricity to the Maharashtra State Electricity Board at Rs.3.16 per kwh, while they consume electricity at a concessional rate of Rs.1.20 per kwh. In the year 2010 1,240 windmills where already installed in Satara. From this total, 215 were located inside the Koyna Sanctuary (with a 80 MW capacity). The Sanctuary was notified in 1985; it has 42,355 ha and is bedecked with dense forest and rich biodiversity. It encompasses the core area of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, and is also an important bird area for endangered species, including the red-headed vulture and white stork. Various villages are located in its delimitations.