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Setting a tall order to attain a target of generating 100 GW of solar energy by the year 2022, at least the solar sector cannot complain of being ignored. India has prominently promoted solar energy as a showpiece of India’s renewable energy policy and pushed its pursuance to fight global climate change. Wind energy has been relegated to play a second fiddle despite the fact that it was the first to move into the scene of renewable energy sector spearheading it since 1990s and currently has an installed capacity of about four times than solar energy.
Given the sustained policy push, solar energy sector has seen addition of more than 3 GW of solar capacity in last one year, taking the installed capacity to almost 8 GW. But solar energy cannot be the only answer to India’s energy problems. Wind energy will play an important role too. In fact, it is unexpected that solar energy is being given so much importance given that it is still in infancy stage while wind energy is fairly well established and in a much better position.
With 27 GW of installed capacity, wing energy is fourth largest producer of wind-based generation of electricity after China, U.S. and Germany. In fact the projections from Global Wind Energy Council show that India can achieve its target of generating 60GW of electricity through wind energy two years in advance. In fact, India has just utilized only 8% of its wind energy potential. Most of the wind mills operate at low capacities and thus the energy harnessed is much less than its potential. The wind energy sector is, therefore, definitely asking for more.

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