Wind Energy Addition Exceeds Target by 44%
New Delhi: India added a record 3,460 MW of wind energy capacity in 2015-16, way ahead of its target of 2,400 MW. The previous highest was 3,197 MW added in 2011-12.
More than a third of the capacity added in 2015-16 was by MP, which commissioned 1,291.9 MW, according to figures released by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association . The next largest addition was in Rajasthan, 687.9 MW, while Gujarat, adding 385.7 MW, and AP, adding 362.5 MW, were in third and fourth place. “India’s wind energy capacity exceeded this year’s target by 44.2%, proving our commitment towards green energy,” Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.
Only eight states in India — MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, AP, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and TN — have winds strong enough to make wind energy generation viable. Tamil Nadu has the highest cumulative capacity but added only 197.2 MW in 2015-16.
At the end of 2015-16, India’s cumulative wind energy capacity stood at 26,904.2 MW against 23,443.6 MW in 2014-15. India has set itself a target of 60,000 MW of wind energy by 2022.
Despite the hype around solar, India actually added more capacity in wind than in solar (3,018 MW) in 201516. Wind still remains the primary source of renewable energy, with solar energy’s cumulative capacity way behind at 6,753.4 MW.
Despite a growing reluctance of late among some state discoms to draw wind energy, the segment is expected to surpass its 2016-17 target of 4,100 MW as well. Projects of around 4,000 MW are already in the pipeline.