Wind En­ergy Ad­di­tion Ex­ceeds Tar­get by 44%

The Economic Times - - Economy: Macro, Micro & More - Kaavya.Chan­drasekaran @times­group.com

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.

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