Winds of Change

Economic Times India

At a time when the world is trying to meet its energy requirements, constant efforts are on in India to find alternative sources of energy. Countries across the globe are successfully turning to solar and wind energy to harness power. With renewable energy, the energy
output is not only efficient, but also eco-friendly. The usage of wind for the generation of power began in the early 1990s in India. Since then the wind power sector has come a long
way. Today, India stands at the fifth position globally, in terms of wind power capacity. During the year 2009-2010, India registered the highest growth among the top four countries.

While the world is struggling with environmental issues and depletion of energy sources, it has become necessary to tap on renewable and clean energy. There are a lot of advantages
that come with wind energy. The space required is less and wind is an easily available resource. As the world celebrates Global Wind Day on June 15, the installed capacity of
wind power in India has reached 23,444 MW, which is spread across the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Despite such encouraging numbers, wind power only constitutes 8.5 percent of the total installed power generation and still has a lot of potential for growth. Ramesh Kymal, chairman and managing director, Gamesa India, says, "Conventional resources like oil, coal and gas will not last forever. Renewable energy sources, especially wind,
offer a sustainable, cost effective and eco-friendly energy solution for a growing economy like India. Moreover, it is going play a pivotal role in the future global economy."


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