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With credit still hard to come by in India, the rate of wind plant development has slowed over the past six months. Some 83 MW was installed during the latter half of 1996, with Tamil Nadu still leading Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh in terms of installed wind capacity.This had reached 816.450 MW in November for the whole country. The private sector has installed 767.745 MW, while demonstration projects financed by the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources amount to 48.705 MW. Andhra Pradesh with a total installed wind capacity of 52.40 MW, including 14.5 MW installed in the last six months, is now facing problems with land leases, while in Karnataka forest land clearance continues to be a hindrance, though nearly 4 MW is now running. Surprisingly, the most dynamic wind company of recent times in India, NEPC Micon, only installed six 225 kW wind turbines over past six months. Meanwhile, the newest entrants, Kirloskar-WEG, have installed six British Wind Energy Group turbines, rated at 400 MW apiece, in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.

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