TN tops in green energy installations

Tamil Nadu has become the first state in the country to exceed its total clean energy capacity installations over its thermal ones. The state’s renewable energy installations have surpassed coal-based capacities, taking the total clean energy capability of the state up to 42 per cent.

Of the total installed po­wer capacity of 18,193 mega watt of the state as on Sep­tember 30, 2012, renewable energy installations stand at 7,979 MW, thermal 7,527 MW, hydro 2,186 MW and nuclear 501 MW.

Tamil Nadu accounts for 36 per cent of the country’s tot­al renewable energy ca­p­acity, says Tamil Na­du En­ergy Development Agen­cy.

Among the renewable energy sources, wind energy leads the pack with an in­stalled capacity of 7,134 MW. TN is a pion­eer in ha­r­nessing wind po­wer and the state accounts for 41 per cent of the entire country’s generation and has an investment of over Rs 2,500 cr­ore in the sector. The next biggest contribution comes from bagasse co-generation.

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