Suzlon,the world’s third leading (Suzlon and RE Power) and India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, had signed an agreement with Hindustan Zinc Limited, a Vedanta Group company and the world’s largest producer of zinc, to set up, operate and maintain 150 megawatt (MW) of wind power projects across the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
The project entails a total investment of approximately Rs. 865 crore (~USD 191 mn). The cumulative capacity of 150 MW was scheduled to be completed in two phases – the first 50 MW by March 2011, and remaining 100 MW progressively by September 2011 and was to be supplied with a mix of Suzlon’s S82–1.5 MW and S88–2.1 MW wind turbine models.
According to the company, 48 MW of the 150 MW expansions in wind power generation capacity announced in January 2011 was commissioned during the quarter (January-March 2011), and the remaining 102 MW is expected to be commissioned in FY2011-12. Post the expansion, the Company’s wind power generation capacity will increase to 273 MW.
It is this kind of ability to execute large turnkey projects on schedule by the major WTG manufacturers like Suzlon that has made wind energy very attractive to IPPs.