Suzlon Provides Wind Turbine Equipment Here and Overseas

One of two public announcements made last week by Suzlon Wind Energy was an agreement to deliver 75 units of the S88 – 2.1 MW in 2006 and early 2007 to provide 157 MW of wind turbine capacity for projects being developed by Edison Mission Group (EMG) of Irvine, California.

EMG, a subsidiary of Edison International of Rosemead, California, has acquired a wind power portfolio of 316 MW at nine wind sites in Iowa, Minnesota and New Mexico. The company has targeted a portfolio of up to 1,200 MW of wind power by 2009. “EMG has a vision to build one of the strongest wind power portfolios in the industry over the next few years, and we are pleased to help develop that program through the business we do with Suzlon,” said Randolph Mann, Investment Director of EMG. This latest contract, states the release, builds upon an earlier 2005 agreement between EMG and Suzlon for machines in Minnesota. Currently, 25 MW of Suzlon’s S64 — 1.25 MW wind turbine are being installed for a portfolio of community-owned wind power projects known as Bingham Lake (12 turbines on 12 separate sites) and Eastridge (wind power projects on eight separate sites), which are located in southwest Minnesota along the Buffalo Ridge and financed in part by Edison Capital, a unit of EMG. EMG’s relationship with Suzlon turbines originated in 2004 when EMG invested in 18 of the 24 machines currently located in Pipestone, Minnesota. That particular portfolio of community-owned projects features 24 Suzlon 950 kW machines on 64-meter towers. In a second announcement, Suzlon will supply 238 MW of wind turbine capacity to John Deere Credit, for numerous projects yet to be named, but the company says they will probably be located in the U.S. “Suzlon is immediately building upon its 2005 installations with John Deere Credit to announce this significant agreement,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation. “We’ve been working with Suzlon since 2003 and we’re pleased to expand our business relationship through this agreement,” said David A. Drescher, Vice President of Wind Energy for John Deere Credit. Deere Credit, based in Johnston, Iowa, manages wind power investments and development for Deere & Company. Suzlon Energy Limited of Pune, India, is the parent company and its facilities in India will initially source much of the equipment supplied for the framework agreement, specifically, the nacelles and some rotor sets will be shipped from India to the U.S. Additionally, some wind turbine blades will originate from the Suzlon Rotor Corporation’s new manufacturing facility in Pipestone, Minnesota. Suzlon anticipates its U.S.-based production facility will begin producing blades in April 2006.
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