Record Capacity Addition of Wind Power of 5,400 MW in 2016–17
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set another record in the wind power capacity addition by adding over 5,400 MW 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 were Andhra Pradesh 2,190 MW, followed by Gujarat 1,275 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 took 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.