Thu, Jan

Rajasthan dethrones Gujarat as No. 3 wind energy producer in India


After dislodging Gujarat and emerging as the number one state in solar power generation, Rajasthan has done it once again, now by overtaking its western neighbour in wind power as well.

In the financial year 2015-16, the desert state raced past Gujarat adding a record 685 MW wind power to reach a cumulative operational capacity of 4,006 MW and become the third largest producer in the country after Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

While Gujarat's wind power footprint rose by 392 MW to a cumulative operational capacity of 3948 MW at the end of March, 2016, a decommissioned capacity of 88 MW caused it fall from third to fourth position. Madhya Pradesh, which has of late stepped up its focus on solar to reach the current capacity of 776 MW, operationalised the maximum wind power capacity of 1,261 MW in 2015-16 in the country followed by Rajasthan.

State : New capacity in FY16 : Total Operational Capacity

Tamil Nadu : 158 MW : 7613 MW

Maharashtra : 207 MW : 4653 MW

Rajasthan : 685 MW : 4006 MW

Gujarat : 392 MW : 3948 MW

Karnataka : 230 MW : 2869 MW