March 5, 2010
Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. Will Install More Than 700 MW of Clean Energy in 2010
- Construction of Nine Wind Power Projects Expected to Funnel $1.5 Million
Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., the North American subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Limited, said it
plans to bring online 728 MW of renewable energy in the U.S. in 2010. Suzlon Energy
Limited is the world's third-largest wind turbine group with a 12.3 per cent global market
Among the nine 2010 projects, 351 newly installed turbines will produce clean energy that
can power as many as 220,000 homes in seven states. In addition, these projects will
create more than 50 long-term wind turbine maintenance-related jobs in rural areas. During
the construction and commissioning of the nine wind farms across the country, Suzlon
estimates that its employees will contribute $1.5 million to the local economies where they
live and work.
We look forward to completing the many projects for Duke Energy, Iberdrola Renewables
and others, while simultaneously funneling money back into rural economies and creating
green jobs at each wind farm, said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy. Our
construction and service teams are working fervently to install the turbines and get them
online so they can begin generating clean power and providing a strong return for our
customers investments, as well as tax revenues for local communities.
The nine Suzlon projects are located in seven states, including Arizona, Idaho, Illinois,
Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. They encompass community projects in
Kansas and Minnesota, and the expansion of the first wind farm in Arizona. Nearly all
projects feature Suzlons S88-2.1 MW wind turbine that routinely has performed well.
Last year we established the first commercial wind farm in Arizona, which produces 63 MW
of power using 30 Suzlon S88-2.1 MW turbines. We have been extremely pleased with the
performance of the Dry Lake wind farm, said Martín Múgica, executive vice president,
Iberdrola Renewables. Were looking forward to building on that successful milestone with
the completion of the Dry Lake II wind farm. After its permitting and construction, it will add
up to another 65 MW of clean wind energy to the Arizona grid.
Frequently, Suzlon hears about how its wind farm construction and maintenance employees
areappreciated for bolstering local communities and economies. At one wind power plant,
Suzlon even contributed to the rebuilding of a town - Greensburg, Kansas - where 95
percent of its structures were destroyed by a tornado in May 2006. Greensburgs wind farm
is home to 10 Suzlon S64-1.25 MW wind turbines that can generate enough energy to
power 3,750 homes.
Suzlon and this wind farm provided a huge boost to this community after the tornado
devastated the region and during our recent recovery, said Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson.
The town is making a remarkable comeback with our mission to be better, stronger and
greener. Suzlons turbines are helping us achieve our green energy goals and are serving to
exemplify the potential for wind-powered towns.
At present, Suzlon has more than 1,750 MW of wind turbine capacity installed in the U.S.
and expects to have 2,480 MW by the end of the year.