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India's Untapped Potential of Wind Energy

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There is untapped potential of power generation in the country through wind energy; with wind power potential of 1,02,788 MW at 80 m height in the country, against which 22,167 MW has been installed so far. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

At present, 22,167 MW wind power projects are installed in the country. These projects can generate around 38 billion unit of electricity every year at a plant load factor of 20%.

During the 11th Plan period, a target of 9,000 MW of wind power was kept against which an achievement of 10,259 MW was made.

State-wise break-up of wind power potential and installed capacity

 

Sl.No.

States

Potential at 80 m

(MW)

Achievement(MW)

(Up to October,2014)

Untapped Potential (MW)

1.

Andhra Pradesh

14497

894

13603

2.

Gujarat

35071

3551

31520

3.

Karnataka

13593

2545

11048

4.

Kerala

837

35

802

5.

Madhya Pradesh

2931

534

2397

6.

Maharashtra

5961

4224

1737

7.

Rajasthan

5050

2997

2053

8.

Tamil Nadu

14152

7383

6769

9.

Others

10696

4

10692

 

 

Total

102788

22167

80621

The Minister further stated that a target of 15,000 MW has been kept for the 12th Five Year Plan period.    The Government is promoting wind power projects through private sector investment by providing fiscal and promotional incentives such as Accelerated Depreciation benefit, concessional custom duty on certain components of wind electric generators, excise duty exemption to manufacturers. 10 years tax holiday on income generated from wind power projects is also available.

A Generation Based Incentive (GBI) is available for the projects not availing Accelerated Depreciation benefit, under which Rs. 0.50/unit generated is provided with a ceiling of Rs. 1.00 crore per MW. Loans for installing wind power projects are available from Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and other Financial Institutions. Technical support including wind resource assessment and identification of potential sites is provided by the National Institute of Wind Energy(NIWE, erstwhile C-WET), Chennai. This apart, preferential tariffs are being provided in potential states, the Minister added.

Wind Power | News published on 03 / 12 / 2014 by Bharat Vasandani

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