Indian Government Identifies Potential for Wind Power

The technical potential for wind power in the coastal states of India is 13,000 megawatts, according to government officials.

RAJYA SABHA, India, IN, 2001-08-06 [SolarAccess.com] The technical potential for wind power in the coastal states of India is 13,000 megawatts, according to government officials. Only one tenth of that potential, or 1,340 MW, is being used currently, says the Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Shri M. Kannappan. More than 200 potential sites in 13 states and territories have been identified for wind projects. The expansion of wind power capacity to tap the potential depends on the availability of financing on attractive terms and a suitable policy environment for generation of power from these projects in the potential states, says Kannappan. Fiscal and promotional incentives are available for commercial wind power projects and attractive policies have been announced in most of the potential states for wheeling, banking and buy-back of electricity generated from wind power projects. Soft loans are available from the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency for wind power projects and, so far, wind power projects are mainly set up as commercial projects through private investments, he adds.

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