Suzlon crosses 5,000 MW of wind power installations in India

September 24th, 2010 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) Suzlon Energy, India’s largest and the world’s third leading wind turbine maker, Friday said it has installed over 5,000 MW of cumulative wind turbines in India, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total wind installations.

The cumulative wind generated power has the potential to light up four million homes annually, providing for over 1,500 customers in India across 40 sites in eight states.

“Suzlon has cumulatively added over 5,000 megawatt of wind power capacity for over 1,500 customers in India across 40 sites in eight states,” the company said in a regulatory filing.

The company has over 1,000 MW installation base each in the key states of Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Gujarat.

Leading corporates, including Bajaj Group, Birla Group and the Reliance Group, and the Indian Railways have chosen Suzlon for their wind power projects.

Power from the installed wind turbines have also helped reduced about 8.5 million tonnes of harmful carbon emissions each year, according to Suzlon.

India’s wind sector has seen respectable growth over the past years. The total estimated onshore wind power potential in India is over 48,000 MW, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy.

“In just over a decade, India’s wind market has grown from just around 50MW per year to nearly 2,000MW per year, and we at Suzlon are proud to have led this,” said Tulsi R Tanti, chairman and managing director of Suzlon.

Under the Prime Minister’s national action plan for climate change, India has a target to source 15 per cent of power from renewables by 2020.

“We have already secured one fourth of our target, and wind is the highest contributor at 70 per cent of the country’s total grid connected renewable power capacity,” he added.

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