Hyderabad: Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) on Thursday urged Telangana government to offer higher tariff for wind energy in Telangana to encourage more companies to set up projects in the State. Telangana has the potential for 4,000 MW wind energy generation, Sarvesh Kumar, IWTMA Chairman and Deputy Managing Director of RRB Energy Limited, told media here on the sidelines of a workshop on wind power here. 

"The tariff should be in the range of Rs 6 per unit. The tariff offered was much lower in the undivided State. We are going to convey the same to the government also. Telangana has tremendous opportunity, with over 4,244 MW of wind power potential at 100 metre hub height, as estimated by the National Institute of Wind Energy," he said. Kumar said the government has indicated an intention to add ‘at least 2,000 MW of wind power by 2018-19’.

IWTMA, in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industries - Godrej Green Business Council (CII-Godrej GBC), organised a workshop here to discuss the outlook for the wind power sector in Telangana. Chintan Shah, vice-chairman, IWTMA, and president, Strategic Business Development, Suzlon Energy Limited, said the Central government should be much more liberal towards the industry for achieving the country's energy goals and 'Make in India' targets.

The industry is currently capable of producing wind energy equipment to produce 9,000 MW per annum, Shah said. This workshop provided a unique platform for all stakeholders in this sector to discuss and define a road map for the Wind Energy sector.

This event is the fourth in the series of such interactive discussions being planned by IWTMA in the high wind power capacity states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana, culminating with a consolidated seminar at national level.