Re-assessment of India’s On-shore Wind Power Potential
May 02, 2016
CSTEP, WFMS & SSEF
Wind energy is an important contributor to the global power sector. India ranks fourth with installed wind power capacity of 26 GW. The sector has seen exponential growth adding 1.5–3 GW of power per annum. There are, however, multiple independent reassessment studies that peg wind power potential much higher than that which has been officially estimated. Hence, from a policy standpoint, reassessment of India’s wind potential for effective implementation of policies has become imperative. A committee was constituted under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy with the objective to reassess India’s onshore wind power potential for all major land types at hub heights of 100 and 120 m. The report discusses in detail the different methodologies used for the analysis along with some key findings.