New Delhi, Apr 19: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) today announced its foray into India to provide a platform for the domestic wind energy sector and to put it on the international map.
The event, attended by over 150 representatives of the industry was organised jointly by GWEC and its Indian member association, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association(IWTMA).
Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Vilas Muttemwar inaugurated the event.
''We are delighted with the launch of GWEC in India, an important global wind energy market. This indicates the strong support that the Council receives from organisations around the world,'' GWEC Chairman Arthouros Zervos told reporters here.
IWTMA Executive Committee Member and GWEC board member Sarvesh Kumar said the launch of GWEC in India would benefit the members of IWTMA and also develop a new source of energy to meet the power needs of the world.
The launch of the Council in India will promote the development and growth of the wind power sector in India through policy development, business leadership, global outreach and information about data regarding wind energy.
India is the fourth largest wind power generator in the world with an installed capacity of 4430 MW, following close behind Germany, Spain and the United States.
According to the GWEC Report 2005, the international wind energy market has gone up by 40.5 per cent and is expected to grow by 15 per cent by the year 2010.
The Global Wind Energy Council(GWEC) was set up in March 2005, with the aim to provide a credible representative forum for the entire wind energy industry at an international level.