With the increased consumption of non-renewable natural resources and its depletion at a faster rate, it had become necessary to opt for analternative. Besides, the pollution from them was an integral part playing in polluting the environment. To take a plunge into the system of creating non-polluting power resources, India started off with the venture of wind-energy production. Now guess what? The country has emerged with flying colours ranking 4th in the world for generation of wind energy. The country now adds approximately 1700MW of energy to the world of renewable energy this year.
Tamil Nadu’s wind power capacity is around 35% of India’s total . The Government of Tamil Nadu realized the importance and need for renewable energy, and set up a separate Agency, as registered society, called the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) as early as 1985. Now, Tamil Nadu has become a leader in Wind Power in India. In Muppandal windfarm, Tamil Nadu the total capacity is 1500MW, which is the largest in India. As per TEDA, the total installed capacity in Tamil Nadu is 7253MW.During the fiscal year 2014-15, the electricity generation is 9.521 billion Kwh which is nearly 15% capacity utilisation factor
Statistics claim that Gujarat has increased their production of wind energy up to 500% in the last six years since the project was undertaken. The long coastline and the desert have benefitted the state to develop the generation of this alternative source with perfect ease. The wind in the state blows with a perfect speed of lesser than 7m/s. The Kutch region gives all the provision to settle the equipments. Besides Muppandal wind plant located in Tamil Nadu is considered to be the biggest wind energy production plant in the continent of Asia. This plant has attracted workers from the villages providing employment to many and also calling in investors. Even the big companies in Maharashtra have taken an active participation in caressing this form of energy resource.
The initial investment in this project cost around 6 crore rupees for each megawatt which is comparatively lesser than the solar panels. Now, around 70% of the energy in renewable sector is contributed by the windmills! India has been assessed to bear the potential of generating 45000MW. If this power utilisation is taken to 100% the country can rank among the top two! The present capacity amounts to 25,188 MW energy which is indeed an amazing amount!