20 Oct :A capacity addition of 10,500 MW from wind power has been planned in the country during the 11th Plan period i.e. 2007-2012. A total Wind Power capacity of 9522 MW has been installed in the country as on 45th September, 2008 including 1663 MW during 2007-08.
This was stated by the Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Shri Vilas Muttemwar in a reply to a question by Shri Naveen Jindal and Shri Narayan Chandra Borkataky in Lok Sabha. The Government of India promotes setting up of commercial wind power projects through private sector investments in the country in potential locations. So far, North Eastern regions/States are not found to be having potential for setting up grid connected wind power projects. The Government provides incentives such as concessional import duty for wind electricity generator sub-systems, excise duty exemption, ten years tax holiday on power projects, benefit of accelerated depreciation, term loan from Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). This apart, preferential tariff is being provided for wind power in the potential States. The Ministry, through its Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai carry out wind resource assessment studies to identify more potential locations for harnessing wind energy including North Eastern regions.