According to the latest data released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), wind energy projects generated 64.54 billion electricity units in India from April 2022 to January 2023. The figures indicate a growth of 16.3% compared to the same period in the previous year.
The state of Tamil Nadu leads the way in wind energy generation, followed by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh. Together, these six states account for over 84% of the total wind energy generated in India.
The increase in wind energy generation is attributed to the growth in installed capacity, which currently stands at over 38 GW. The MNRE has set a target of achieving 60 GW of wind energy capacity by 2022.
The MNRE has been taking several initiatives to promote wind energy in India, including introducing competitive bidding for wind power projects, setting up wind-solar hybrid projects, and encouraging offshore wind energy development.
Commenting on the growth in wind energy generation, the Secretary of MNRE stated, “India has tremendous potential for wind energy, and we are working towards achieving our target of 60 GW by 2022. The increase in wind energy generation is a positive sign, and we will continue to promote renewable energy in the country.”
The growth in wind energy generation is a significant development in India’s energy sector and highlights the increasing importance of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix. As India continues to work towards achieving its renewable energy targets, initiatives such as this are expected to drive innovation and investment in the renewable energy sector, thus contributing to the country’s sustainable development goals.