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India’s First Offshore Wind Energy Project: Backed-Up by 35 National & International Developers

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The Pipavav port in Gujarat is being planned to be the upcoming site for the wind energy project which will be having the capacity to produce over 1,000 MW.

Interests have been shown in this regard by 35 national and international developers. For this, in a month they will also be sending the RFP or the Request for Proposal.

Raj Gopal, Principal Secretary of Gujarat Energy and Petrochemicals reported to the “Solar Conclave 2018” reporters that having offshore wind projects is always better than onshore. They provide an opportunity to install bigger turbines with larger capacities which are not possible due to constraints of transportations on the land. This conclave was organized b the CII and the Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd in Gujarat.

This project is a joint effort by MNRE or Central Ministry of Ne and Renewable energy and the government of Gujarat.

Onshore wind turbine projects cannot be more than 2MW in their capacity. This is because the physical parts are huge and become larger as the capacity retirement increased. To transport such a large mass of parts via land is a big challenge.

The sea routes, on the other hand, are flexible and convenient for the supply of such large physical parts of bigger wind turbines and hence a preferable choice for India at the moment.

In addition to this, the Gujarat government is going to do start a land allotment policy in the near future which will further lower down costs for solar and wind power generation.

The idea is to put such lands on leases so that it can be used for solar power generation by the government at an affordable price point.  A win-win scenario for both wind and solar power energy generation will help India reach its vision of 100,000 MW by 2020 a bit faster.

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