Aug 1, 2014 - India’s total wind power potential stands at 102,788 MW, according to an assessment by the government.
In a statement to parliament India’s Minister of State for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, on Thursday said that the calculated potential is for turbines installed at a hub height of 80 metres (262.5 ft). A total of 790 locations have been evaluated under a wind programme that was carried out by the renewables ministry through the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET).
Goyal mentioned that India plans to tap its solar and wind power potential in unexplored desert areas and has already concluded an assessment showing potential of 315,700 MW in such regions. The development of that potential up to 2050 is seen to require INR 43.75 trillion (USD 718.8bn/EUR 536.9bn) of investment, the ministry calculates.
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