The state’s renewable power generation capacity has crossed 4,000 MW, which is the third highest in the country, shows a report by the union ministry of new and renewable energy.
The report said that total installed power generation capacity in the country has gone up to 28,067 MW at the end of 2012-13, of which Gujarat accounts for 4,079 MW, which is roughly 14.5%. Tamil Nadu is home to 7,849 MW capacity – highest in the country – followed by Maharashtra with 4,188 MW.
A senior state government official said that renewable energy sources account for more than 20% of the state’s total power generation capacity, and for around 10-12% of the power generated.
Officials said that wind power generation capacity in the state has gone up to 3,091 MW as of March 31, 2013. “We have added more than 207 MW of wind power generation capacity during 2012-13. Almost 300 MW of solar power generation capacity was also added. Our focus on renewable energy is aimed at producing clean power, and reducing dependence on oil for energy needs,” said DJ Pandian, principal secretary of the energy department.
According to Gujarat Energy Development Agency, wind power generation capacity in the state has gone up by nearly six times in as many years. The installed wind power generation capacity was 556 MW at the end of 2006-07, which now stands at 3,091 MW.
Pandian said the state has wind power potential of more than 10,000 MW, which the government wants to tap to the fullest in the coming years.
In addition to wind power, state government is also focusing on solar power. GEDA said that solar power generation capacity in the state is over 852 MW, which is 60% of the country’s total capacity of 1,450 MW.