India added 5,400 MW wind power in last fiscal

Siemens and Hornsdale wind farm project in South Australia

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said it added over 5,400 MW wind power capacity in 2016-17 against the target of 4,000 MW.  This year’s achievement surpassed the previous higher capacity addition of 3.423 MW achieved in the previous year.

The leading states in the wind power capacity addition during 2016-17 are Andhra Pradesh 2190 MW, followed by Gujarat 1275 MW and Karnataka 882 MW.

In addition, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra ,Telangana and Kerala have reported 357 MW, 288 MW, 262 MW, 118 MW, 23 MW and 8 MW wind power capacity addition respectively during 2016-17.

During 2016-17 MNRE has taken various policy initiatives in the wind energy sector that includes introduction of bidding in wind energy sector, re-powering policy, draft wind-solar hybrid policy, new guidelines for development of wind power projects, etc.