India to get electricity from offshore wind energy in 5 years

DNA India

India will get electricity generated by wind-propelled plants installed in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu in about five years as a part of the country's green energy development programmes, an energy expert has said.

"We are preparing India for offshore wind (and) providing MNRE, a roadmap for offshore wind for Gujarat and Tamil Nadu," said Mathias Steck, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager at DNV GL, an international renewable energy group.

"It would take three to five years to see commercial offshore winds projects in India," said Steck who is an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and made its entry into the Indian market in 1989. A 100-megawatt pilot project will likely be installed in the ocean off Gujarat in about three years, he said on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week held last week.

It is to kick start a new power generating sector under the Facilitating Offshore Wind in Industry (FOWIND) programme funded by the European Union.

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