In spite of the rising Covid-19 infections in India and challenges posed by lockdown and restrictions to curb the pandemic, Gujarat continues to be the favored destination for attracting wind power project developers.
The state witnessed the highest capacity wind power addition in the country in 2020-21. The cumulative generation capacity stands at 1,020.3MW from April 2020 to March 21.
It is the highest capacity addition by any state in India during the period shows data compiled by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA).
Gujarat is followed by Tamil Nadu (303.7MW) and Karnataka (148MW).
However, Gujarat currently stands second after Tamil Nadu in terms of the total installed wind power generation capacity in the country.
Meanwhile, Gujarat has also grabbed the lion’s share of 68 percent in the new wind power capacity addition across the country in 2020-21. About 1,503.3MW of new wind power generation capacity was installed in India in fiscal 2021, IWTMA data shows.
Adding the new installations, Gujarat’s current operational capacity for generation of power from wind energy sources stands at 8,561.8MW as against 7541.5MW in 2019-20. At 1,468.4MW, Gujarat created the highest wind power capacity in the previous fiscal as well.
According to industry sources majority of the projects, with the capacity of 700MW, that came up in Gujarat during the last financial year were projects auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) before the outbreak of the pandemic. And about 200MW capacity was added via tenders floated by state-run power utilities.
Adani Green and ReNew Power were among the prominent players that commissioned power projects of 100MW and 300MW wind power projects in Kutch in March 2021.
For fiscal 2021, the state government pegs the capacity of new wind projects commissioned in Gujarat at 890MW.