Wind energy has witnessed a lot of activity in recent times in India. Panchabuta, has earlier talked about the Generation Based Incentives (GBI) scheme for grid connected wind power projects with the objective of broadening the investors base by attracting FDI and independent power producers.
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.
India had 11,800 MW of wind power installed at the end of March 2010 according to the Indian Wind Energy Association, making it the world’s fifth largest wind power market.
The installation in India being range bound between 1470-1750MW a year over the last five years and the installed capacity for 2009-10 was around 1565MW.
The overall installed capacity in the year 2010-11 was about 2300MW taking the cumulative installed capacity to 14156MW . Tamil Nadu has the largest installed capacity in wind with installed capacity upwards of about 5887MW of which about 997MW was installed in the year 2010-11.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha a couple of days ago, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said the country has a total wind power capacity of about 14550 MW as on June 2011.
The minister further added that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has established 627 wind monitoring stations in the country through the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai for carrying out wind resource assessment.