Kerala has finally decided to tap its resources to meet its energy demands as seen from the host of renewable energy projects announced in the State Budget.
An assessment conducted years ago by Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), had the State’s wind energy potential completely underestimated. The State had only limited options to tap the wind energy potential due to lack of amicable policies. The wind energy projects were also affected by various other factors. Due to the controversy over acquisition of Adivasi land, the wind turbines set up at Attapadi had run into trouble. According to a study conducted by a private agency in the wind energy sector, Kerala has an untapped wind energy potential of at least 2,000MW of which about 1500MW power could be generated at Walayar and nearby areas.
The Kerala’s Finance Minister K.M. Mani announced on Friday, that they are going to set up a Wind farm with a capacity to generate 200MW with the help of National Thermal Power Corporation. With another wind farm with a capacity of 22MW coming up at Kanjikode.
The new proposition comes at a time when neighboring state Tamil Nadu has practically exhausted its wind energy potential. Wind speeds in several parts of the State, according to experts, are comparable to that of Tamil Nadu.
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