GWEC Launches Tamil Nadu Wind Energy Roadmap

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Tamil Nadu could deliver 25 GW of new wind capacity, attract billions of dollars of investment, and generate over 100,000 jobs in the best-case scenarios of GWEC’s new roadmap for the state, which is developed in partnership with the SED Fund and Deloitte.

According to a report from Global Wind Energy Capacity Council, Tamil Nadu could add 25 GW of wind capacity by 2030. The state has plans to add 13 GW more capacity by 2030, despite having an installed capacity of nearly 9 GW.

The report also states that a policy that is in line with Tamil Nadu’s wind potential can help make it a major investment destination in Asia. It would also give green-impetus to the state’s economy.

According to the report, wind power accounts for a significant portion of the state’s renewable energy potential, which is 84%. Tamil Nadu currently accounts for close to 25% of India’s installed wind power capacity.

Tamil Nadu Wind Energy Roadmap (Harnessing Net Zero Opportunities) outlines how enacting a policy that embraces the state’s wind potential could help Tamil Nadu become one of the key investment destinations in Asia and deliver enormous green-impetus into the state’s economy.

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The roadmap outlines twelve key actions to help the state exploit its potential and make it one of the top three investment destinations in Asia by 2030.

Mr Ben Backwell, CEO of Global Wind Energy Council said “GWEC is delighted to publish the Tamil Nadu Wind Energy Roadmap. This important document will support the Tamil Nadu government as it implements the enabling policy to unleash the potential of renewables in the state.

“Tamil Nadu has already set benchmarks for the rest of India and become a focal point for the wind industry in Asia. This Roadmap identifies high-impact and concrete opportunities to further increase the demand and supply of wind energy in the state, which would also further strengthen the state’s position in the regional wind industry.

“I convey my sincere appreciation to HE Thiru M K Stalin, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for his inspiring and ardent leadership on climate action to date, and also recognise the institutionalization of Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company and Tamil Nadu Governing Council on Climate Change (GCCC) as positive steps in the state’s pathway for transformation.”

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Mr Sumant Sinha, Chairperson of GWEC India and CEO, Founder and Chairman of ReNew Power said “Blessed with abundant renewable energy resources, rich experience, and a growing appetite for green power, Tamil Nadu is the land of opportunities. The state’s climate ambitions very well recognize the pivotal role of renewable energy, including wind energy, that has a dominant share in both the installed renewable energy capacity and the assessed potential. Harnessing the full potential and complementarity of wind and other clean energy resources is necessary to create new avenues for investments, including in emerging areas such as green hydrogen and offshore wind. All of these will contribute significantly to socio-economic growth in the state and the country”

Mr Martand Shardul, Policy Director GWEC India said “Tamil Nadu must exploit its abundantly available renewable energy resources, including wind energy to accomplish its economic aspirations, climate ambitions, and clean energy transition goals. An emphasis must be on securing both the green energy supply as well as green energy technology supply chain. Wind manufacturing is pursued in only a few pockets of the world and Tamil Nadu must build on its existing leadership in this area to enhance its share in the global wind supply chain thereby creating opportunities for new jobs, investments and trade surplus”.

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