India's central government approved a policy framework for the development of offshore wind off of its coast.
According to a release, the government will authorize India's National Institute of Wind Energy to oversee the development of offshore wind energy in the country and to carry out the allocation of offshore wind energy blocks, coordination and allied functions with related ministries and agencies.
The approval paves the way for offshore wind energy development including, setting up of offshore wind power projects and research and development activities, in waters, in or adjacent to the country, up to 200 nautical miles offshore.
With the introduction of the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy, the government is attempting to replicate the success India experienced with land-based wind with offshore wind. The policy is expected to provide a level playing field to all investors and beneficiaries, both domestic and international.
The government says it will attract private players by auctioning sites for erecting power generation units.
The announcement comes as the country is experimenting with a 50 MW pilot project. Turbine maker Suzlon recently unveiled its plans to build a 600 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Gujarat, an area with tremendous potential.