Wind power, although immensely critical for India’s clean energy goals, has hit a roadblock in the last few years. Its revival will rest on adopting a multi-solution strategy. In this regard, the government has proposed a bid to allocate seabed sites along the coast of Tamil Nadu for the development of offshore wind projects. Since this would be the first offshore wind bid in India, the government also plans to provide some additional incentives.
Given that offshore wind is still an expensive source of electricity, it will be interesting to see what the bid entails In addition, what will be the technical rigour of the feasibility studies that will be conducted at the selected sites? Ultimately, will this bid lead to a flourishing offshore wind market in India?