It is not the capacity installation of solar power alone that India is taking massive strides in; the country is moving at a rapid pace in the wind energy sector too.
A report said that India’s wind energy capacity exceeded its 2015-16 target of 2400 MW by 1060 MW.
At the end of 2015-16, India’s cumulative wind energy capacity stood at 26,904.16 MW against 23,443.61MW in 2014-15.
A notable aspect is that India’s wind power generation capacity actually grew more than the country’s solar power generation capacity. In 2015-16, India added just over 3000 MW in solar power. As of now, the total solar energy capacity in India stands at just 6,753.38 MW.
A wind energy farm in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Figures from Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) revealed that Madhya Pradesh achieved the highest capacity installation with 1,291.90 MW added in the year.
Rajasthan was second with 687.90 MW, while Gujarat, adding 385.65 MW, and Andhra Pradesh, adding 362.50 MW, were in third and fourth place.
An NEPC wind energy farm in Gujarat. NEPC
Madhya Pradesh has been praised by IWTMA for its favourable policies that drove its wind power generation capacity up. On April 20, Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal had tweeted this:
The IWTMA report also reflected that despite being the state with the potential of very high generation of wind energy due to strong winds, Tamil Nadu added merely 197.15 MW in 2015-16.
Wind generation potential of states. CFWET
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious renewable energy target for 2022 includes 60 GW from wind power alone. It should be noted here that India is looking at increasing the capacity of solar power generation due to the limited number of states which can generate wind power. While solar energy can be drawn from any state, there are only eight states in India where wind energy generation is practically possible. Besides MP, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan, they are Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.