6,000 MW wind power capacity maybe added in India, FY’18

The Government’s target for the 2017-18 is 4,500 MW. With the challenges upfront, will try our best to give around 6,000 (MW) in the current financial year.

India may add around 6,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity in the on-going fiscal.

Last year, the target was 4,000 MW, but did 5,500 MW. Elaborating on the challenges, competitive bidding took place for only 1,000 MW. This has urged the centre to go for at least 4,000 to 5,000 MW of competitive bidding so that an absolute clear vision is made.

The leading states in wind power capacity addition during 2016-17 were Andhra Pradesh (2,190 MW), Gujarat (1,275 MW) and Karnataka (882 MW).

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana and Kerala reported 357 MW, 288 MW, 262 MW, 118 MW, 23 MW and 8 MW wind power capacity addition respectively during 2016-17. These figures are tentative, the government had earlier said in a statement.

During 2016-17, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) took various policy initiatives in the wind energy sector, including introduction of bidding, re-powering policy, draft wind-solar hybrid policy and new guidelines for development of wind power projects.

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