India’s Offshore Wind Target Unfeasible, Says GWEC Report

The latest ‘Global Offshore Wind Report 2020’ published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has expressed its apprehensions on India meeting its offshore and onshore wind energy targets by 2022.

With around 7,600 km of coastline at its disposal, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) set the target of 5 GW of offshore wind power by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030. India has also earmarked nearly 70 GW of potential area for offshore wind energy development.

While the first target is not feasible, the latter would require rapid development, according to GWEC.

As per the GWEC report, the tender for the first 1 GW offshore wind project in the Gulf of Khambat (Gujarat) has been delayed. The wind council suggested proper planning for such tenders along with demonstration-scale projects to enable India to achieve its targets. The report also noted that India’s offshore wind generation has had to compete with cheaper land-based renewables, which has curbed the growth in this market segment.

The GWEC report added that Tamil Nadu, with a strong wind potential, has garnered more interest among generators. As reported previously by Mercom, Tamil Nadu has nearly 9.3 GW of cumulative wind installations, representing a 25% share of the total installed capacity in India as of Q1 2020. Since 2016, Tamil Nadu has been the leading wind installer in the country.

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