Suzlon eyes Indian offshore
India’s new offshore wind policy offers huge potential
Indian company Suzlon has identified potential offshore wind energy capacity of more than 1000MW along the coast of Gujarat on the west coast of India.
The wind manufacturer and developer has conducted a feasibility study along the 1600km coastline and hopes to secure agreement for the country's first private sector offshore wind energy project.
Suzlon chairman Tulsi Tanti believes said an offshore wind policy adopted by the government earlier this week should make it easier to get approval for new projects as well as enhancing the role of renewables in India’s energy security.
He said: “Offshore wind energy implementation requires fair amount of approvals from various departments. I am confident this announcement will simplify and create a single window system for relevant approvals from various central government departments and state maritime boards too.”
Tanti is hopeful that the space for large projects will lead to “better utilization of transmission infrastructure and better dispatchability, with insignificant impact on land requirements”.
The Indian government is attempting to replicate the success of the onshore wind energy policy where electricity generated from turbines on land already has a capacity for 23,000MW.
Image: Suzlon is looking to build turbines offshore (Suzlon)