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Chennai to host wind power meet next month

Our Bureau Pune | Updated on March 18, 2011 Published on March 18, 2011


Wind Power India 2011, the third in a series of international exhibition and conferences on wind power in India will be held at Chennai from April 7-9.

“Wind power is modular, green and clean, and cost-competitive. The sector can easily contribute 50 GW by 2020 and this is the main focus of Wind Power India 2011,” said Mr G.M. Pillai, Executive Co-Chairperson and Organiser, WPI 2011, and Director-General, World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE), Pune.

Today, India has a total installed power capacity base of 160 GW. “By 2020, we would need around 400 GW to cater to the 1.2 billion population wherein more than 400 million don't even have access to energy,” said Mr Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Ltd.

To maintain 8-10 per cent GDP growth, India will need to add 10 per cent to 15 per cent renewable energy per annum, he said, adding that wind energy can contribute to a large extent to meeting the country's target of 15 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

The event organised by WISE, in association with the Global Wind Energy Council and the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association will see participation of around 100 exhibitors from over a dozen countries.

With over 100 speakers from the national and international wind industry, Wind Power 2011 will provide the platform for discussing and debating critical issues pertaining to the development of wind power in India, including policy and regulatory and State-specific issues.

Published on March 18, 2011
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