Driven by the wind power sector, India continues to make progress in renewable energy capacity. It has added over 2,700 MW of grid-connected renewable capacity during 2010 as compared to the 1,056 MW in 2009. This capacity includes power from wind, biomass, small hydro and solar resources. The wind power sector alone has contributed over 2,000 MW in this. The figures were revealed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy through an official statement.
With major contribution from wind sector, India has added 2,330 MW of renewable energy to the grid during the fiscal 2009-10, taking country’s cumulative green power generation capacity to 16,817 MW as of March 31, 2010. In that sense, the wind energy sector continues to lead the country’s green power capacity addition and about 67 per cent of the new capacity addition of 2,330 MW came from wind. During the financial year 2009-10, India added 1,565 MW from wind, 305 MW through small hydro (up to 25 MW), 295 MW from cogeneration, and 153 MW of power through biomass. Besides, solar and waste to energy added 8 MW and 5 MW, respectively.