Suzlon plans to make towers and blades for wind turbines in South Africa. The manufacturing plant would need to produce about 400 megawatts worth of equipment a year to justify the investment.
South Africa is trying to reduce reliance on fossil fuels while expanding power capacity. Most of its electricity is generated from coal by state-owned Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., which said in November the gap between electricity supply and demand is “tight.”
The country on Aug. 3 issued a request for proposals by companies interested in building renewable energy plants with a combined capacity of 3,725 megawatts by the end of 2016. Suzlon was included in the preferred bidders appointed in December, for its proposed 135-megawatt Cookhouse wind farm.