Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., the North American subsidiary of Suzlon Group the world’s fifth largest wind turbine maker, today announced the sale of 57 Suzlon S97-2.1 megawatt (MW) wind turbines for a large wind energy project located in the western United States.
Procurement and manufacturing commenced immediately on contract execution while roadwork and foundation construction will begin in the second quarter of 2012 (Q1 FY13). Delivery of the Suzlon wind turbines is expected to occur in the third quarter with construction of the wind turbines slated for soon after the first turbines arrive on site. Commissioning of the power plant is scheduled for the last quarter of Calendar Year 2012 (Q3 FY13).
According to estimates by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a 120 MW project could deliver enough green energy to power up to 36,000 homes.
“Suzlon is really pleased to be installing a substantial project utilizing the S97 – a turbine based on the workhorse track record of our current installed fleet,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO – Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation. “Averaging over 98 per cent availability across our US fleet, Suzlon is confident that these 57 turbines will meet those robust availability standards expected by our customers.”
Tulsi Tanti – founder, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Group, added: “The US is a very important market for us and this order underscores our strong technology and service offering alongside our robust track record. As we enter into what is expected to be a year of record growth for the US, we believe we are among the most competitively positioned to capitalize on this opportunity.”
The 120 MW site will be powered by 57 Suzlon S97-2.1 MW turbines, specifically designed to improve energy yields in low to moderate wind regimes. The S97 wind turbine is part of Suzlon’s newer S9X suite that features turbines that address increased customer demand for low to medium wind-speed machines.