India’s wind capacity could grow more than expected



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INDIA: Wind power could make up 14% of India’s renewable energy use by 2030 with a quarter of the country’s power needs being met by green sources, according to a new report.

Wind power capacity in the country could be ramped up to 185GW — an eight-fold increase over 15 years from 2015 — analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) suggests. This would require $42 billion worth of investment before 2030, Irena added.

Additionally, power generated by renewable sources is expected to increase by 137TWh a year to 595TWh, with wind power making up 345TWh of this.

The 185GW figure is ahead of other forecasts and official targets, however.

In its Indian Wind Energy Outlook 2016 study, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) predicted the country would have somewhere between 111GW and 163GW installed by 2030.

Meanwhile, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) officially announced the government’s target of 175GW installed renewable energy capacity by 2022 — including 60GW from wind — in its 2015-16 annual report.