Suzlon Group to develop 1,000 MW of wind power in Gujarat over next 3 years
Written by Vivek   
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Gandhinagar: The Suzlon Group will develop 1,000 megawatt (MW) of new wind power capacity in the districts of Saurashtra, Kutch and other parts of Gujarat  over the next three years. An MoU to this effect was signed with the Government of Gujarat during the fifth biennial Vibrant Gujarat conference.

Gujarat is home to Suzlon’s rotor blade test facility – to develop advanced aerodynamics testing solutions – the first and only one of its kind in Asia, and one of three in the world. With five manufacturing units in Vadodara, Bhuj and Gandhidham, the state is the manufacturing hub for Suzlon. Suzlon has its state headquarters in Ahemdabad and employs nearly 1,200 people across its various facilities in the state.

"We are extremely pleased to sign this MoU with the Government of Gujarat. This not only reinforces Gujarat’s position as one of India’s leading industrial states, but as a visionary leader embracing progressive policies emphasizing clean, sustainable development to power a low-carbon economy," said Tulsi R Tanti, founder, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Group.

"Suzlon – as a dream and a company – was born in Gujarat. We started our journey in 1995 with the first installation in Dhank, Gujarat. It gives us great pride to be a part of its development into a world class low carbon economy in its own right," he added.

Currently, Suzlon has over 1,100 MW of installations across Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat. The wind-park in Kutch is one of the largest in Asia with installations of over 800 MW and growing. This capacity translates to over 850 wind turbines installed for over 256 customers, producing enough green and clean energy to power nearly 880,000 Indian households. The favorable policy regime in the state has facilitated this rapid growth and enabled Suzlon to bring in investments by various national players like ONGC, Indian Oil, State Bank of India, DLF, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, and leading state PSUs like Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation and Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals.

Suzlon Group has actively participated in Vibrant Gujarat, since its inception in 2003. Over the past five conferences, Suzlon has signed six MoU’s with the Government of Gujarat, committing over Rs. 14,000 crore (~USD 3.1 bn) for the development of wind farm projects, R&D centers, manufacturing facilities and in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The Company has already delivered 60 per cent of the promised development, translating into investments of Rs. 8,400 crore (~USD 1.9 bn) in the state.

"This MoU opens up the Gujarat market as an attractive destination for investors in India and around the world, and could drive over Rs. 6,000 crore in new investments into the state, translating into hundreds of green jobs. In addition to direct benefits, the projects will also create plentiful clean energy to power the state’s rapid growth," said Tanti.

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