03 Apr India exceeds 2016 wind power generation target
India added a record 5,400MW of wind power in 2016, breezing past its 4,000MW target for the period.
In a statement, India’s Ministry of New Renewable Energy said: “This year’s achievement surpassed the previous higher capacity addition of 3,423MW achieved in the previous year.”
The state of Andhra Pradesh produced the most wind power during 2016 with 2,190MW, followed by Gujarat at 1,275MW and Karnataka at 882MW.
Wind generated power accounted for 55% of India’s total installed renewable energy capacity, with renewables representing 16% of the nation’s total energy mix.
The world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter promised to achieve 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 at the Paris Climate Summit in December, including 60GW from wind power.
India’s wind power sector is a leader in the national renewables industry and has extensive further growth potential, with the government estimating its onshore potential alone is around 302GW.
The ministry has also formulated a national offshore wind energy policy, which aims to harness wind power across India’s 7,600km coastline, which has an estimated energy potential of 166,000MW.