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Worldwide concerns on Global Warming and Climate Change and the energy security issues, have resulted in a great thrust on generating clean energy through environmentally-efficient means and technologies.
Wind power is one of the most important and prevalent renewable energy source on this planet and it is estimated that at least 12% of the world's future electricity needs by 2020 can be met by Wind Energy. With almost one in every three countries now generating a portion of its electricity from wind, extensive Research and Development is being done in this sector. It has been the fastest growing energy technology in the world in the last decade. The worldwide installed capacity of wind power reached 122,000 MW by the end of 2008, which observed a phenomenal growth of 29% with addition of 27,261 MW of new wind energy capacity. In terms of capacity, at the end of 2008, USA leads with an installed capacity of nearly 25,000 MW followed by Germany (23,000 MW), Spain (16,700 MW), China (12,000 MW) and India (9,500 MW).
Wind Energy Scenario in India
India is amongst the major players in the global wind energy market and is ranked 4th in the World in terms of the installed capacity which is 9,500 MW (2008). The gross potential of wind energy in India is believed to be of the order of 100,000 MW and the states with most potential are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala and Rajasthan. The gap between the potential and realised installed capacity is now generating interest among private investors/developers in setting up of commercial wind power projects. Also, the demand of green energy would be an incentive in the long run.
India has huge wind potential to harness wind energy
- The project is environment friendly with no adverse effect on global environment as the project is pollution free. A WEG having an average output of 4000 kWh per year can save upto 3.2 tonnes of Sulphur dioxide, 2.4 tonnes of Nitrogen dioxide, 500 tonnes of Carbon dioxide and 280 kgs of Particulates. The reduction in the carbon dioxide emssions is also eligible to earn credits through Clean Development Mechanism under Kyoto Protocol. A WTG of capacity 1.25 MW and CUF 23% can reduce approximately 2200 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
- The cost of producing electricity from wind energy has come down by at least 80% since 1980's which makes it most cost effective source of energy (on a levelled cost over 20 years)
- Wind is a renewable source of energy and is a cost effective technology that can be sustained over the long term.Therefore, it has the potential to be the major source of energy in the renewable energy portfolio
- A Wind energy project is the project with fastest payback period owing to low capital costs and low Operation and Maintenance costs.