The wind manufacturing space has grown steadily in India with about 7.5GW of manufacturing capacity in India today which is expected to reach about 10.5GW in 2012-13.
Chennai has been leading the efforts in manufacturing in India and the major players in Tamil Nadu include Vestas and Gamesa but newer plants are coming up in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The wind industry has taken many proactive steps along with organizations like C-WET to handle the skilled man power problem that the industry might face due to the rapid growth and scale up.
In yet another proactive step, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, will offer two new postgraduate diploma programmes in wind energy under an MoU with the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET ), the apex body for wind power development in India under the ministry of renewable energy, and Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA), the association of wind electric generator manufacturers in India.
The diploma in wind power development(PGDWPD) is a programme for two semesters. The PGDWPD will act as a value addition to incumbents with basic engineering degrees, making them eligible for direct employment with windfarm developers, windmill/generator manufacturers and government and non-government agencies in the energy sector.
The diploma in wind resource assessment (PGDWRA) also a two semester program, will enable students to cash in on the domestic and global demand for wind analysts. Both manufacturers and windfarm developers will have a requirement for these trained professionals.