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Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Smiti

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India Expects 52% Jump In Annual Wind Energy Capacity Addition

June 24th, 2015 by  



Bullish on the changed economic and regulatory environment, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association expects a 52% jump in capacity addition this year.

The association expects that 3.5 GW worth of wind energy capacity will be added in the 12 months between April 2015 and March 2016. If the capacity addition surpasses 3.2 GW it would be a new record. India added saw the highest wind energy capacity addition in FY 2011-12. The annual capacity declined when the incentive of accelerated depreciation was withdrawn.

Stakeholders are bullish about the Indian wind energy sector as the government has announced an impressive target of having 60 GW installed wind energy capacity by 2022.

The government has also pledged continuation of critical incentives for the wind energy sector, such as accelerated depreciation and generation-based incentive. The government is also planning to launch the National Wind Energy Mission which would accelerate the development of wind energy projects and open the offshore wind energy sector as well. Additionally, the government is also looking to make power utilities in various states meet the renewable energy purchase obligation.

These initiatives by the government have already started to reap results. Indian and international project developers have pledged to add over 47 GW of new wind energy capacity by 2022. The Indian government has set a target to install 60 GW worth of wind energy capacity by 2022. This means that around 37 GW capacity would have to be added by March-end 2022.

Indian wind energy companies have received significant foreign investment, the acquisition of Continuum Wind Energy by SunEdison being the most recent. Wind energy solutions provider Inox Wind was listed at the Indian bourses through a highly successful initial public offering.





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works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.



  • Ronald Brakels

    Now we’re cooking with gas. Or presumably soon electricity.

  • Bob_Wallace

    This is very good news and it might be better news than the nameplate capacity numbers indicate. Capacity factors for wind have been soaring lately due to taller towers, better blade design, better software, etc. I would assume those improvements will appear in the new Indian installations.

    The 3.5 GW expected to be installed between April 2015 and March 2016 could produce 30% more electricity than 3.5 GW installed just a few years back would have yielded.

  • Richard Foster

    There is some confused reporting here, particularly this paragraph doesn’t make sense:
    “These initiatives by the government have already started to reap
    results. Indian and international project developers have pledged to add
    over 47 GW of new wind energy capacity by 2022. The Indian government
    has set a target to install 60 GW worth of wind energy capacity by 2022.
    This means that around 37 GW capacity would have to be added by
    March-end 2022.”

    It would help explicitly if it was stated what current Indian wind capacity was, what the target was and how much was has been pledged.

    I am assuming that current capacity is 23GW, the overall target is 60GW, thus 37GW needs to be added 2015-2022. Is that correct?

    If 47GW has already been pledged, doesn’t this mean that the target will be exceeded? That, to me, sounds like the target needs raising, probably to at least 80GW.

    Since price is still falling and investment still growing, it actually makes 100GW seem a more reasonable target, i.e. target an additional 30GW additions…

    100GW solar + 100GW wind would be very impressive. Given that current capacity of India is approximately 260GW (although it will obviously grow rapidly), it is not unreasonable to suggest that India could well be close to 40% power from RE by 2022…which would be amazing.

    • Kevin McKinney

      What Richard said…

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