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Wind Power News: India


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

July 19, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Blades of windmill ripped off after high speed wind strikes Chitradurga

Strong winds along with heavy rains in Karnataka’s Chitradurga have dismantled a windmill. The huge blades of wind turbines were torn apart as high-speed wind hit the area. The whole incident is caught on camera. However, no injuries to any person were reported yet as these windmills are located at top of mountains. Chitradurga is known for its wind power project aimed at generating clean electricity and subsequently reducing carbon dioxide production. This project is scattered across two districts in . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Six villagers detained

Tension prevails in Vadakku Silukkanpatti near here after the police detained six persons, including five women, for allegedly damaging the vehicles of private windmill firm officials when they had gone to the hamlet on Friday evening for windmill installation survey. Police said the people of Vadakku Silukkanpatti near here are protesting against windmills being installed in their area as the trucks carrying oversized spares for the wind turbine generators badly damage their fields and the water bodies feeding their farms. . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rethinking wind energy

The bald tops of the Western Ghats are a pristine ecosystem replete with innumerable animal species and, apparently, an abundance of wind and windmills. As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq km of forested area, with permissions for another 30 or so sq km still pending. This isn’t surprising given that India’s potential wind power map envelops the Western Ghats (from Kerala to Gujarat) . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Installation of windmills damaging cultivable lands’

Protesting the erection of windmills on cultivable lands and the “authoritarian attitude” of officials of wind turbine generator installation companies, farmers appealed to Collector N. Venkatesh here on Friday to check this menace immediately. During the farmers’ grievance redressal meet held here on Friday, a group of agriculturists from North Silukkanpatti, holding banners against wind turbine generators installation companies, rushed towards the seat of the Collector, who was chairing the meeting. “Since the wind turbine generators installation companies are installing . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Impacts of renewable energy projects

Globally, installed renewable power capacity has steadily increased from 820 GW in 2006 to 2,017 GW in 2016 at the rate of 8% annually, and is slated for further growth. Various countries are increasingly announcing national and sub-national policy instruments to expand the share of renewable power. India plans to triple (approximately) its current renewable installation from 59 GW to 175 GW by 2022. Renewables are poised as the energy choice of the future because they allow us to continue . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines: Over 3,000 MW capacity rots for want of servicing

The decade-long fight between Enercon GmBH and its Indian arm, Wind World India, is proving to be a serious issue for the wind energy sector, as turbines with over 3,000 MW capacity have become near non-functional for want of servicing and lack of components, people close to the development told FE. According to people that FE spoke to “Old Enercon wind turbines of 800 kW capacity are lying useless in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Since Enercon took Wind World India . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!

The death blow to the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) may come from unexpected quarters – renewable energy projects. As 2017 drew to a close, one GIB crashed against a power transmission line, one of the few remaining that criss-cross its last stronghold- the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Its burnt, ravaged carcass was found the next day, making it the ninth GIB to be killed by a transmission line, mainly of wind power, in the past decade. In July . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Motorists shocked to find gaping hole in bridge at Vallanaadu

A huge hole that suddenly developed in the four-year-old bridge across the Tamirabharani at Vallanaadu on the Palayamkottai – Thoothukudi National Highway on Thursday night has shocked motorists as it is capable of triggering serious accidents. When the 48-km-long Palayamkottai – Thoothukudi stretch was upgraded into four-lane in 2013, a new bridge was constructed across the Tamirabharani near Vallanaadu as the existing bridge was narrow. After this stretch was opened, the bridge is being used by motorists. As a 2-feet-wide . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind units fail to bail out power-starved Rajasthan

While Rajasthan is facing severe power shortfall, the wind power units, which have bailed out the state in such situations in the past, are of little help this time due to post-monsoon low wind season. “The wind speed falls after September, and so wind power cannot make up for loss in thermal power output,” Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation managing director BK Dosi told HT. Rajasthan has an installed wind energy capacity of 4,280 MW. The power generation at thermal power . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Karnataka tariff change upsets investors

The Karnataka state electricity regulator has reduced the feed-in-tariff for wind from INR 4.50/kWh ($0.07kWh) to INR 3.73/kWh ($0.058/kWh), putting roughly 600MW of projects in jeopardy. The earlier tariff of INR 4.5/kWh was expected to be applicable until March 2018. The new regulatory order stipulates the new tariff will be applicable for all new projects with power purchase agreements (PPA) signed after 4 September and even for commissioned projects with PPAs not signed off by the regulator. Under normal process, . . . Complete story »

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