India is planning to harness the potential in offshore wind power generation. Compared to on-shore, offshore installation have limited land block leasing issues as it has deal with single government agency, evacuation can be well-planned and other minor conveniences. However, clearance for projects will involve -Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Coast Guard etc and a single window clearance is mooted.
Indian government is planning to constitute a regulatory agency National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) to assess the wind power potential. Some measures are being considered to incentivize offshore installations: - a tax holiday of 10 years, free access to coastal blocks for a specified period, assistance in technical know-how etc., Currently, the estimated potential of off-shore wind power generation is 100,000 MW.
Regen Powertech is planning to set up its second manufacturing facility at Udaipur in Rajasthan with an investment of Rs. 2200 million. It will produce generators as well as tower and blades. The facility will go operational by 2013. This unit will make blades of a design more advanced than the latest V87 that the blade manufacturer supplies from its Bangalore facility for ReGen.