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Suzlon Celebrates 5,000 MW of Wind Power in India

wind farm in Jaisalmer, India
Suzlon Energy’s wind farm in Jaisalmer, India.

Suzlon Energy Limited, India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, has crossed the 5,000 megawatt line of cumulative installations in India, underlining the strong momentum in India’s fast growing wind energy market. This cumulative power generation capacity has the potential to light up four million homes annually, thereby accentuating the key role that Suzlon continues to play in the electrification of India.

Suzlon has cumulatively added over 5,000 MW of wind power capacity for over 1,500 customers in India across 40 sites in eight States. Suzlon accounts for nearly half of the country’s total wind installations. In the key states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, Suzlon’s installation base is over 1,000 MW each. Leading corporates such as the Bajaj Group, the Birla Group, MSPL, DLF, the Tata Group, the Reliance Group, the ITC Group, L&T, as well as public sector companies like GSPL, HPCL, Indian Railways, Rajasthan Mines & Minerals, GACL, GSPC, GSFC, Indian Oil, ONGC, and State Bank of India, amongst others, have chosen Suzlon for their wind power projects.

Suzlon is India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer and has been leading the wind energy market in India for the past 12 years with nearly 50 percent year-over-year market share. The company has a workforce of 9,000 employees in India, and eight manufacturing facilities across the country.

Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Tulsi R Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Energy Limited, said, “In just over a decade, India’s wind market has grown from just around 50 MW per year to nearly 2,000 MW per year, and we at Suzlon are proud to have led this. The 5000 MW milestone for us is a testimony of trust invested in us by all our stakeholders, including our customers, policymakers, regulatory commissions, nodal agencies, utilities, banks, vendors, shareholders and our employees. We thank them all and look forward to their continued support in building country’s backbone for sustainable low carbon economy, and at the same time, bringing energy security, rural development and also mitigating the impact of climate change.”

“This achievement is significant, not only for Suzlon, but for India. In our 63rd year of independence, India is on an accelerated growth path with a demonstrated commitment to fight climate change. Under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, India has a target to source 15 percent of electrical power from renewables by 2020. We have already secured one fourth of our target, and wind is the highest contributor at ~70 percent of the country’s total grid connected renewable power capacity; this is a testament to Suzlon’s accomplishment, and marks an important milestone in India’s commitment to building a low carbon economy. Currently, Suzlon installations in India help in mitigating ~8.5 million metric tons of harmful CO2 emissions.”

India is the world’s fifth biggest wind market with a cumulative installed base of over 12,000 MW. The total estimated onshore wind power potential in India, as per data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is over 48,000 MW. The sector is poised for accelerated growth driven by demand for power, strong support for renewables by the Government, a sound policy framework, and a positive investment outlook for its customers.

Suzlon, the leader in Indian wind energy, has maintained market leadership by capturing approximately 50 percent market share for 12 consecutive years. Suzlon offers the concept-to-commissioning business model to wind energy investors in India, providing a comprehensive suite of services from turbine supply, to EPC, lifetime operations and maintenance, and other value added services covering the entire value chain. The success of the model is seen in Suzlon’s rapid growth in India, with over 40 sites across eight states, and an installed base of more than 5,000 megawatts and a customer portfolio that captures the leaders of the Indian Industry.

Suzlon ranked as the world’s third leading wind turbine supplier in terms of market share in 2009. Suzlon has its corporate office in Pune, India. The company’s global reach is reflected in its projects and markets portfolio, extending across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Suzlon is a highly vertically integrated wind turbine manufacturer with manufacturing capability along the full value chain – from components to complete wind turbine systems.

Suzlon and REpower, if taken together, stand as the world’s third leading wind turbine supplier group in terms of market share. Market share of 9.8 percent is derived from BTM Consult ApS World Market Update 2009, ranking Suzlon with 6.4 percent of global market share and REpower with 3.4 percent of global market share.

Suzlon developed and operates Asia’s largest wind farm in the Kutch district of Gujarat with a planned capacity of 1,500 megawatts. Currently more than 800 megawatts capacity has been installed.

Other key wind parks include the Dhule windpark in Maharashtra (installed base of over 690 MW), the Sankaneri wind park in Tamil Nadu (installed base of over 685 MW) and the Jaisalmer wind park in Rajasthan (installed base of over 475 MW).

Suzlon offers the widest range of wind turbines, from 600 kW to 2.1MW, designed to suit the Indian wind regime.

Suzlon has been the pioneer in upgrading the market to global levels in terms of average turbine size and was the first to introduce the megawatt and multi-megawatt class wind turbine to the Indian market.

The company has developed 83 electrical sub-stations with cumulative capacity more than 5,000 MVA and transmission lines of more than 1,000 km across wind farm project areas in India

Suzlon is also actively implementing a number of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives across all its sites in India through the Suzlon Foundation. The Foundation has partnered with experienced and committed NGOs and Government departments to implement over 120 projects running across eight states and two Union Territories, directly benefiting over 33,000 vulnerable families in 466 villages. The initiatives have successfully enhanced livelihood options for over 28,000 families, improved access to quality health in over 100 villages, aided natural resource conservation on over 4,000 hectares of land, brought light to 1,400 households through solar lightning system, and improved the health and productivity of over 100,000 heads of livestock.

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