December 27 (Renewables Now) - Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd (BOM:532667) on Tuesday announced the commissioning of its first LiDAR-based offshore wind measurement station.
The met station, to be powered by solar panels, has been commissioned by the company and associates to gather data for two years. It is located 16 km from shore in the Arabian Sea, southwest of Jakhau port in Gujarat. A 150-m onshore mast has been installed for validation and correlation purposes.
India’s renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh earlier in December said the government planned to launch offshore wind tenders for at least 5 GW in 2018. Suzlon Group CEO JP Chalasani said yesterday that this is a “progressive move” that will support the 175-GW renewables target by 2022.
“Given India’s coastline of 7,600 kms, the country has enormous potential for offshore wind energy and it can potentially repeat the success achieved in onshore wind energy,” Chalasani noted.
India currently has 32.7 GW of installed wind capacity, all onshore, according to figures from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).