India sets 10,500 MW wind-power target

Sept. 10, 2007 at 12:55 PM
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NEW DELHI, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- India has set a wind-power capacity target of 10,500 megawatts over the next five years.

"A target of 10,500 MW wind power capacity has been planned during the 11th five-year plan period in the country, including potential southern state of Tamil Nadu. State-wise targets are not fixed for wind power. However, the state government of Tamil Nadu has proposed a target of 2,500 MW wind-power projects in the state during the same period," Minister for New and Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar said.

He said his department conducted wind-resources assessment studies in the coastal regions of the country, which indicate moderate to high wind-power potential particularly in Tamil Nadu state.

“The government of India promotes setting up of commercial wind power projects in the country, including state of Tamil Nadu, by providing incentives such as concessional import duty for wind electricity generator sub-systems, excise duty exemption, 10-years tax holiday on power projects, benefit of accelerated potential locations by carrying out wind resources assessment studies,” he said in a written reply in Indian Parliament Monday.

With special reference to Tamil Nadu, he said a preferential tariff was being provided for wind power in the state.

“The 11th plan target of 2,500 MW proposed by Tamil Nadu includes commercial projects by private sector at feasible locations in the coastal regions,” Muttemwar said.

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