Webinar on Repowering of Old Wind Farms in India

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) along with KfW Development Bank, Indian Renewable Energy Federation (IREF) and the Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA) organized a series of webinars on the important topic of the Repowering of old wind farms in India—Opportunities and challenges. The objective of the Webinar was to discuss the issues and challenges and come up with possible strategies to overcome the bottlenecks.

The 1st webinar on 7th May 2021 (Southern Region) saw good participation from the stakeholders and 40 delegates. Shri D.D. Jagdale, Joint Secretary (International Relations), MNRE in his Inaugural address said that MNRE is open to new ideas and inputs to bring Repowering of Wind in India. The second webinar that was held on 18th May 2021 (Western Region) saw participation from the stakeholders and 45 delegates. Dr K. Balaraman, Director General, NIWE “Repowering of wind is extremely important because land is a constraint and natural capital has to be optimized. Technical challenges in Repowering can be easily overcome,” said in his opening remarks. The third webinar on 25 May 2021 (Central & Northern Region) was well attended by stakeholders and 68 delegates. Mr. B. P. Yadav, Joint Secretary, Wind MNRE delivered the inaugural address where he said Repowering of old wind turbines remains one of India’s unsolved problems. MNRE is open to suggestions for promising business models to support repowering in India.

All three webinars were followed by a Q&A session at the end. The list of the Panellists for the three workshops are as follows:

7th May 2021 (Southern Region)

18th May 2021 (Western Region)

25 May 2021 (Central & Northern Region)

Shri D.D. Jagdale, Joint Secretary, MNRE

Dr K. Balaraman, Director General, NIWE

Mr. B. P. Yadav, Joint Secretary, Wind MNRE

Mr. Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infra

Mr. Anand Kumar, Former Chairman, GERC

Dr. S Gomathinayagam, Former DG, NIWE

Mr. U. B Reddy, MD, Enerfra Projects India Pvt. Ltd


Mr. M. P. Ramesh, Former DG, NIWE



Dr. Sanjiv Kawishwar, Director, Center of Renewable Energy (CORE)

Mr. D. V Giri, Secretary General, IWTMA

Mr. Balawant Joshi, Managing Director, Idam Infra

Mr. Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO, Vasudha Foundation

Mr. K. R. Nair, President, Indian Wind Power Association

Mr. Ayon Banerjee, Sales Head, GE Renewable Energy

Dr. Martin Lux, Head Energy Cell, KfW

Mr. Tobias Winter, Director, IGEF-SO

Mr. V. Subramanian, Former Secretary, MNRE