Suzlon Now Supplies John Deere Wind Energy with 530 MW

A new order from John Deere Wind Energy (JDWE) nearly doubles its wind turbine capacity with another 247 megawatts (MW) from Suzlon Energy A/S of Denmark (SEAS), international arm of Suzlon Energy Limited. JDWE’s Suzlon wind turbine portfolio now exceeds 530 MW in capacity. 30 units of the S64-1.25 MW turbine and 100 units of the S88-2.1 MW turbine will be delivered throughout 2007.

“We are confident our investment in the U.S., along with our customer-focused approach, has contributed to repeat orders,” said Tulsi R. Tanti, Chairman & Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Limited. Suzlon’s relationship with JDWE began in 2003 with its investment in several Minnesota wind power projects, but quickly expanded to Texas and recently Missouri. JDWE’s latest order builds upon previous orders, including an order for 238 MW of capacity placed in early 2006. “We view this latest agreement as a reaffirmation of our belief and investment in the U.S. market, and our manufacturing strategy,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation (SWECO). “John Deere’s commitment to purchasing these turbines further confirms our long-term strategy to focus on partnerships and production capabilities.” Commenting on the order, David Drescher, VP of JDWE, said, “John Deere Wind Energy is very pleased that we came to terms with Suzlon and have procured turbines for numerous projects throughout the U.S.” “John Deere is relatively new to the industry, but has already made great strides and continues to extend its business model,” added Per Hornung Pedersen, CEO of SEAS.
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