The Wind Power development programme in India was initiated at the end of Sixth Five Year Plan, in 1983-84. In order to identify wind farmable sites in the country, the Government of India launched a national wind resource assessment programme in 1985.
Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (now Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, MNRE) decided to venture a National Wind Resource Assessment programme with dedicated wind monitoring stations to identify windy locations in the country. The task was assigned to the Field Research Unit, Bangalore of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, in mid 1980s in association with the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore. Under the programme, 20 m tall tubular guyed masts (tilt-up design) with instrumentation at two levels viz at 10 and 20 m above ground levels were commissioned at carefully chosen locations.