Wind Energy in India
- Despite having a vast land with good wind potential, at present only one per cent of India’s electricity is generated through wind turbines.
- The govt. has made a policy to make wind energy commercially viable through various methods.
- The Center has proposal to make renewable energy more commercially viable and cover issues of cost and quality, making a self- reliant modal for the sector.
- 7 states in India, namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh account for over 99 per cent of the wind power installations in the country.
- As of the last fiscal, Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest share at 56.7 per cent of the cumulative capacity, followed by Maharashtra which accounts for 12.7 per cent.
- A number of corporate including Bajaj Auto, Godrej Industries, and Ramco Industries has recently decided to set up wind energy plants, to meet their electricity requirements.
- India and China together have seen a 25 per cent rise in capacity growth over the last few years, second to Australia.