MNRE launches scheme for 1,000 MW wind projects

Siemens and Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind plant

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched scheme for setting up of 1,000 MW wind power project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) to supply wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered via transparent bidding.

Ministry has designated Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as nodal agency for implementation of the scheme.

The scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning processes. It will facilitate fulfillment of non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) requirement of non-windy states.

India has set a target of achieving 175 GW power capacity from renewable energy resources by 2022 and out of this 60 GW has to come from wind power. The scheme will be implemented for setting up 1000 MW capacity of CTU connected Wind Power Projects by Wind Project Developers on build, own and operate basis. However, the capacity may go higher than 1000 MW, if there is higher demand from Discoms of non-windy states.

MNRE has also issued draft guidelines for implementation of scheme for setting up of 1000 MW CTU connected wind power projects issued by MNRE for stakeholders’ consultation.

The present wind power installed capacity in the country is nearly 26.7 GW sharing around 9 percent of total installed capacity. Globally, India is at 4th position in term of wind power installed capacity after China, USA and Germany.

The wind power potential in the country is assessed by the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) at 100 meter above ground level, which is estimated to be over 302 GW. Most of this potential exists in 8 windy states namely Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

To facilitate transmission of wind power from these windy states to non-windy states provisions have been made in the Tariff Policy to waive the inter-state transmission charges and losses for wind power projects.