The small wind turbine technology is a potential source of energy for electrical power in rural and remote areas, which are otherwise difficult to connect to the grid.

A small wind turbine is a wind powered electric generator with a capacity of less than 30 kilowatts. Small wind turbines can be put to use efficiently for power generation at very low or

Compared to other global small wind turbine (SWT) markets, India has a minuscule installed capacity of SWT/PV-wind hybrid energy systems of about 890 kW (as on January 2009) and hence there is ample scope for SWT or renewable energy hybrid systems sector to grow.

Farmers are not alone in keeping a close eye on the weather-in the control centres of the energy sector and on the trading floor of the electricity exchange, too, it is always good to know exactly when the wind will be blowing or the sun shining. The special services offered by meteorologists are here invaluable aids to decision-making.

According to this latest global report on wind energy, total worldwide installations in 2008 were more than 27,000 MW, dominated by the three main markets in Europe, North America and Asia. The United States passed Germany to become world #1 in wind power installations, and China

After spurning wind power, China has swung around and embraced this clean energy. But the nation's love affair with wind may be spinning out of control, finds David Cyranoski.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has lauded the wind energy sector for having come to the rescue of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board during the peak wind season.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) visualises renewable energy (wind, solar and hydel) outgrowing gas-based energy and becoming the second largest source of electricity, after coal, as early as 2015.

The writer offers an insight into wind power technology in India - the current trends, progress, challenges and new innovations.

The third largest state by area and second largest by population in the country, Maharashtra's wind power potential is 4584 MW. In 2007-08, Maharashtra saw an addition of 268 MW to its wind energy generation capacity. Besides the state stands second to Tamil Nadu in terms of installed capacity to generate wind energy.