HYDERABAD:HYDERABAD: The Indian Wind Power Association said 3,200 MW of wind power generation capacity was commissioned in the country during 2011-12. This is in spite of the tough times faced by developers.
Prof. K. Kasthoori Rangaian, Chairman of wind association, said while the wind industry has been complaining about issues relating to grid in Tamil Nadu, the State topped with a generation capacity addition of 1,087 MW last year.
During his visit to Hyderabad to take part in the National Council Meeting of IWPA on Saturday, he said investors are keen to take up wind projects in spite of difficulties, but need support.
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra are preferred locations after Tamil Nadu. They have managed to add about 789.85 MW, 546 MW, 418 MW and 1,087 MW, respectively, last year. Six windy States have made rapid strides with Tamil Nadu having a capacity of 6,974 MW, followed by Gujarat with 2,942 MW, Maharashtra (2,735 MW), Rajasthan (2,068 MW), Karnataka (2,934 MW) and Madhya Pradesh (314 MW).
The association has requested the Andhra Pradesh Government to support them in implementing more projects by offering higher tariffs and permitting trading in Renewable Energy Certification by entering into agreements.
In Karnataka 207.2 MW was added but could have been more but for the non-availability of land. Madhya Pradesh added 100.4 MW and Andhra Pradesh could commission only 45.25 MW of the 150 MW ready for commissioning. It now has 223 MW of installed capacity.
The Government of India’s decision to discontinue the Accelerated Depreciation from this financial year is a major setback for the wind industry. Most of the investments into wind industry were due to this. The Generation Based Incentive also resulted in good output for those adopting this mode.
He wanted the Government to continue both these benefits. It there is uncertainty, the investments into wind sector are likely to be impacted.