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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS As on 10 Jan, 2019
India ranks fourth amongst the wind-energy-producing countries of the world after China, USA and Germany.
Estimated potential is around 49130 MW at 50 m above ground level and 102788 MW at 80 m above ground level.
Exhaustive wind resource assessment has been carried out in 826 stations spread over various parts of the country. As on date 244 Wind Monitoring stations have indicated wind power density 200 W/m² or more at 50 m above ground level.
Micro Survey of Wind Resource for 97 Wind Monitoring Stations have been completed to know the zone of influence and Wind Power Potential around the stations to meet the requirement of wind energy developers in the country.
Windfarms have been installed in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal. Majority of installed capacity belongs to Private Sector in seven states
A good number of wind turbine manufacturers are active in India and producing Wind Electric Generators (WEGs) of rating 225 kW to 2800 kW.
A large number of agencies have come up to supply components/spares/ accessories and to provide services like Erection, O&M, Civil & Electrical Construction, Consultancy etc.
A large number of water pumping windmills and small aero-generators have been installed in the country.
Wind-Solar and Wind-Diesel Hybrid systems have also been installed at a few places.
The Central Ministry and several State Nodal Agencies encourage growth of Wind Energy Sector through financial incentives and policy support.
The Central electricity Regulatory commission & State electricity Regulatory Commissions have declared suitable tariff for wind power, Renewable Purchase specifications, Renewable energy certification etc.
The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India has established a National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) at Chennai with field test station at Kayathar to act as technical focal point for wind power development in the country.
Financial assistance for Renewable sources of energy is available through Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a supporting arm of MNRE, GOI.
Indian Renewable energy capacity beyond high of 62.05 GW. The gross installed Renewable energy capacity in India reached a high of 62.05 GW by end of 2017. The ratios are like this : Wind: 32.75 GW and Solar: 16.61 GW, Bio-power: 8.29 GW and Small hydro power:4.40 GW.
Facts & Figures
Largest Rating of WEG installed
3000 kW, Acciona Windpower
Highest Hub Height of WEG installed
140 m (Suzlon Energy 2100 kW & Acciona 3000 kW)
Maximum Rotor Diameter of WEG installed
125 m, Acciona 3000 kW
Maximum Installations in a State
7850 MW, Tamil Nadu
Maximum Installed Capacity by a WEG Supplier
11309 MW, Suzlon Energy
Maximum installable Potential in a State
35071 MW, Gujarat (at 80 m above ground level)
84431 MW, Gujarat (at 100 m above ground level)
Maximum No. of NIWE Wind Monitoring Stations Installed in a State
140 Nos., Maharashtra
Highest Elevation at which Windfarm Established
1100 m.a.s.l at Vankusawade, Maharashtra
Highest Elevation at which Wind Monitoring Station Established
4533 m.a.s.l. at Chushul, J&K
Highest Capacity Addition in a Financial Year
5505 MW during 2016-17
Highest Capacity Addition in a Financial Year in a State
2187 MW during 2016-17 in Andhra Pradesh
Highest Capacity Addition in a Financial Year by a WEG Manufacturer in India
2037 MW during 2016-17 by Gamesa Wind
First WEG Installed under Demonstration Projects
55 kW & 110 kW, Micon make at Mandvi, Gujarat, commissioned on 15.01.1986
(Completed 31 years)
First Commercial Windfarm Developer
M/s Pandian Chemicals, Madurai (TN) 250 kW WEGs, NEPC-Micon make at Kattadimalai, Dist. Kanyakumari (TN) commissioned on 28.03.90
(Completed 27 years)
Overall Average Rating of WEG Installed in India as on 31.03.2017
Average Rating of WEG Installed in India during 2016-17
First Concrete Tower for WEG
Enercon 230 kW WEG at Gudimangalam, Dist. Coimbatore
First Wind Monitoring Station
Sultanpet (T.N.) established on 28.07.1986
(Nearing 31 years)
First Wind-Diesel Project
Sagar Island (WB), supplied by Auroville Wind Systems for WBREDA
First Joint Sector Company
M.P. Windfarms Ltd., Bhopal, M.P. (Promoted by Consolidated Energy Consultants Ltd., IREDA & M.P. Urjavikas Nigam Ltd.) formed in the year 1994
(Completed 23 years of formation)
First exclusive Web-site on Windpower Programme in India
www.windpowerindia.com developed by Consolidated Energy Consultants Ltd., Bhopal in the year 2000 (being updated every month)
First Directory on Windpower Programme in India
Directory Indian Windpower a unique publication of its kind, being published by Consolidated Energy Consultants Ltd., Bhopal, since 2001
(17 yearly Editions published).