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India identifies offshore wind energy potential of 70 GW

6 Jan 2020

According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of India, India’s offshore wind energy potential is estimated at 70 GW, with most of this potential located in coastal Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The government plans to develop a first offshore wind park project with a capacity of 1 GW off the coast of Gujarat. So far, the project has received stage-I regulatory approvals, and the environmental impact assessment is being carried out. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy aims to encourage wind–solar hybrid projects to reduce the intermittency of renewable power. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has already awarded 3 wind-solar hybrid projects (1,440 MW) in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu and has issued a tender for 160 MW of wind-solar hybrid projects in Andhra Pradesh.

India has set a target of 175 GW of renewable power capacity by 2022, including 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind. This corresponds to a cumulative power capacity of 40% from non-fossil fuel energy sources, according to India's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). Renewable power capacity in India has exceeded the 80 GW mark, with 80,460 MW of renewable capacity operational as of 30 June 2019, including 29,550 MW of solar capacity and 36,370 MW of wind power capacity. In addition, power purchase agreements (PPAs) have already been signed for an additional 9.2 GW of solar power projects.

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