An industrial body recently revealed that the Government of India has been planning to add about 6,000 Megawatts capacity of wind power in the fiscal year 2017 – 2018.
Sarvesh Kumar, the Chairman of IWTMA (Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturing Association) said that the target the government has set for the year 2017 – 2018 is somewhere around a capacity of 4500 Megawatts. He also added that the organizations and companies that will be contributing to its goal ate aware of the upcoming challenges they are going to face in the generation of wind energy; however, they will try their level best to deliver a total capacity of 6000 Megawatts in the present financial year.
He also informed the reporters and said that the companies have been making remarkable growth and developments. They have outperformed the previous year’s targets also. The target that was set was a capacity of 4000 Megawatts, but by the end of the year they had achieved the wind energy generation capacity of 5500 Megawatts.
When asked about the challenges that the companies will be facing, he elaborated by saying that as the competitive bidding only took place for a facility with a capacity of 1000 megawatts, he feels that this should be expanded. He informed that he and many others have requested the central government to carry out competitive bidding for a facility with a capacity ranging from 4000 to 5000 Megawatts as this would assist the organizations to have a much clearer vision to look ahead of them and remain focused.
The reports have shown that the three states that topped in the generation of the wind energy in India for the year 2016 – 2017 were Andhra Pradesh with a total capacity of 2190 Megawatts, Gujarat with a total capacity of 1275 Megawatts as well as Karnataka with a total capacity of 882 Megawatts.
Other states that also contributed to the harnessing of wind energy were Madhya Pradesh with a capacity of 357 Megawatts, Rajasthan with a capacity of 288 Megawatts, Tamil Nadu with a capacity of 262 Megawatts, Maharashtra with a capacity of 118 Megawatts, Telangana with a capacity of 23 Megawatts and Kerala with a capacity of 8 Megawatts in the year 2016 – 2017.
During the year 2016 – 2017, MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) undertook several initiatives in terms of policies for the wind energy sector. These initiatives were inclusive of bidding introduction, policy re-powering, policy of the wind-solar hybrid draft as well as the new guidelines for the development and setting up of several wind power projects.