1. ‘Windmill owners facing challenges in Tamil Nadu’

‘Windmill owners facing challenges in Tamil Nadu’

Lack of clarity in corridor policy and delayed payment is taking away investment in wind mills from Tamil Nadu to other states, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association...

By: | Coimbatore | Published: July 19, 2015 7:20 AM

Lack of clarity in corridor policy and delayed payment is taking away investment in wind mills from Tamil Nadu to other states, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) said today.

“Windmill owners in the state are facing challenges of non-availability of grid for evacuation of power or grid back on the wind power, coupled with delayed payments,” IWTMA Chairman Madhusudan Khemka told reporters here.

Though the situation appeared to be improving of late, investors are looking at Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh due to these bottlenecks, he said.

Tamil Nadu has an installed capacity of nearly 7,500 MW and potential to increase if there was a clear grid policy, he said.

Asked about repowering of old windmills, he said there were nearly 1,000 to 1,500 MW generating mills, which were 15 to 20 years old and needed repowering in the state, while a nationwide survery was yet to be carried out.

This also faced problem of grid infrastructure to evacuate higher power from new installations, he said.

“There should be clarity in the policy of implementation of green corridor and what is allotted to wind energy not only in Tamil Nadu, but across the country,” he said.

On achieving the target set by the Government to achieve 60 GW wind power by 2022, Khemka said it was easily achievable target since India has achieved 23,000 MW capacity upto March 2015. To reach the target, 5,000 MW has to be added per annum, which could be done with the help of latest technologies, he added.

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