The wind farm projects, utilising 24 wind turbines of Suzlon’s S88–2.1 MW wind turbine, will be set up in wind farms operated by Suzlon in the Rajkot and Surendranagar districts of Gujarat. This is GSFC’s fifth order with Suzlon and is scheduled for completion and commissioning by September 2011.
The new projects will increase GSFC’s total wind power capacity to 123.4 MW. GSFC currently has existing projects of 73 MW in Gujarat located in the Kutch and Porbandar districts. GSFC’s 10 MW project at Bada village in the Kutch district is the company’s first wind energy project to be successfully registered under the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), earning carbon credits. Other projects are in the process of being registered.
Speaking on the order Mr. Tulsi R Tanti, founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Group said: “This repeat order underlines the trust our customers have in quality and reliability our products and best in-class services. We are proud of GSFC’s renewable energy initiatives and look forward to strengthening our relationship.
“Gujarat Government’s commitment towards sustainable development is truly commendable. The strong policy regime in the state creates a very favorable environment to develop a low-carbon economy. GSFC is Gujarat’s leading PSU and their conscious choice of wind energy to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate climate change showcases the state’s dedication.”
The state of Gujarat is blessed with one of the highest gross wind potential of 9,675 MW amongst the Indian states as per the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) estimates. As of March 2011, the state’s installed wind power capacity is estimated to have crossed 2,100 MW of which over 1,200 MW is supplied by Suzlon, accounting for an impressive 57 per cent market share.
Suzlon has a major presence in Gujarat with one of the largest wind farms, manufacturing units and corporate social responsibility initiatives, making a substantial environmental, economic and social contribution to the state. Suzlon’s Kutch Wind Park in Gujarat is one of the largest of its kind in the world with the planned capacity of 1,500 MW, of which over 800 MW has already been commissioned.
Suzlon, the leader in the Indian wind energy, has maintained market leadership by capturing substantial market share for 13 consecutive years. Suzlon offers end-to-end 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 6,000 MW and a customer portfolio that captures the leaders of the Indian Industry.
Headquartered in Pune, India, Suzlon is one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers. The company’s global spread reflects 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.