Wind energy is an abundant natural resource and its intelligent use will serve the country well. But India's remarkable progress in the RE sector has largely sidelined wind power in favour of solar energy. Perhaps the best opportunity in the sector is repowering established plants to make optimum use of the best wind sites in the country by employing the latest technologies. This will significantly improve the capacity utilization factor (CUF) at these sites, augmenting the overall capacity as well. In recognition of this fact, a Repowering Policy was announced in 2016, yet progress on this front has been slow and negligible.
Since Tamil Nadu has the maximum repowering potential, it was chosen as the subject of this roundtable discussion.