1,500-1,600 MW Wind Energy Capacity To Be Added in 2022-23: Industry Body

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Wind energy capacity addition during 2022-23 is expected to be about 1,500-1,600 MW and will be about 2,000-2,500 MW in the next year, said a top wind turbine industry body official, as reported by IANS.

Tulsi Tanti Chairman of Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) told reporters that in last fiscal 883 MW of wind power capacity was added in the country. However, as compared to the industry’s turbine manufacturing capacity of 10,000 MW per annum, the generation capacity addition is very low, he further said.

According to Tanti, the centralised bidding for wind power projects by the Solar Energy Corporation of India has taken small investors out of the market and the opportunity to increase green energy generation was lost during the past several years.

“In order to increase wind energy generation, the state governments should also start bidding out for projects instead of just the Central government,” he added.

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The total capacity that was tendered out by SECI in different rounds was about 16,300 MW and about 12,470 MW was awarded.

Out of the total awarded projects, only about 3,200 MW was commissioned and several projects were surrendered by the bidders.

As per Tanti, state governments can tender out wind energy projects and also come out with industry-friendly policies of captive power and inter-state transmission of power.

Tanti also urged the government to bring back the feed in tariff for small wind energy projects.

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