New wind atlas to help green power cos stay in black

  • The government on Wednesday launched the Indian Wind Resource Atlas with a tracking level of 100 metres that can also be used for measuring solar radiation, providing a tool for improving project efficiency and grid management.

  • The new atlas is an online GIS (geographic information system) tool to identify regional and local wind energy potential in India. The atlas module can also be used for solar power projects to check parameters for selecting a site.

  • The atlas will help policy makers at the Centre and states to deal with issues related to setting tariffs, transmission, grid frequency etc and providing better infrastructure for the investors.

  • Unveiling the atlas, power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal sought to remove concerns that the government was overly focused on solar power projects.

  • "The government has equal focus on various forms of renewable power and does not discriminate between solar, wind or biogas in terms of providing support to these renewable sources," he said.

  • He said the government reinstated provisions for accelerated depreciation to boost wind power sector in the first budget of the new government so that the industry can expand.

  • Goyal said the renewables ministry has provided such crucial information in public domain free of cost and assured that the other two ministries would keep on providing more and more data in public domain to bring transparency in the system.

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