Blown away

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

The development of wind power in India began in the 1990s, and has significantly increased in the past few years. India has the fifth largest wind power capacity in the world. Indian companies are exporting wind turbines and turbine blades to Europe, Australia, China, Brazil and the USA. Some of the foreign companies’ subsidiaries in India source more than 80% of their components from Indian manufacturers. Suzlon is a leader in the Indian wind power industry. This wind farm is located at Dhule in Maharashtra, 200 miles away from Mumbai, and it is the biggest wind farm in Asia. It has an area of 50 km2 with 650 rotor blades. Each rotor blade produces 1.25 MW of electricity per hour, enough to supply 400 houses. This farm produces sufficient clean electricity to eliminate the production of approximately 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Wind power consumes no fuel and produces no air pollution, unlike fossil fuels. This wind farm has created 800 new work places has been playing an important role on the life quality of local population. It represents a fundamental opportunity to grant future employments to young people, who won’t be obliged to move into big cities any longer. The local daily life is compatible with this wind farm. Though this infrastructure covers a large area of land, many people can still use surrounding land for agriculture. Wind power is an important example of combination between economic progress and environmental protection; a place where children can live in healthy conditions and at same time a place where people can cultivate hope in a better future. (text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).