Wind Installations in India were up about 117% in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020), with about 295 MW of installations compared to the previous quarter’s 136 MW, according to data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Installations were lower by about 48% lower compared to the same quarter last year, which saw nearly 562 MW of wind installations, the data showed.
Cumulative wind installations in the country now stand at 38.1 GW, as of September 30, 2020, representing a marginal 0.8% increase. At the end of the previous quarter, cumulative installations stood at 37.8 GW.
Tamil Nadu and Gujarat were the only two states which added wind capacity during the quarter with about 221 MW and 73 MW, respectively. No other states reported wind installations during the quarter.
In terms of cumulative wind installations, Tamil Nadu remained at the top with about 9.4 GW of installations, accounting for an overall market share of 25% in the country. Gujarat stood second with 7.8 GW of installations, while Maharashtra remained in third place with 5 GW wind projects. These states represented 21% and 13% share of installations in the country, overall.
In the first nine months of 2020 (9M 2020), 619 MW of wind projects have been installed. This is a 65% decline from the same period last year, which saw 792 MW in installations.
In Q2 2020, the MNRE’s data showed India had installed 136 MW of wind power projects in the second quarter. This was a whopping 82% decline in installations compared to 743 MW in the same period last year and a 28% fall from 187 MW in the previous quarter (Q1 2020).
Recently, the Global Wind Energy Council released a new report that analyzed how COVID-19 impacted the global wind industry, including India. According to the report, to comply with the lockdown, both local and international turbine original equipment manufacturers and components manufacturers had temporarily suspended their production activities in India.
Nithin is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. More articles from Nithin.