In what could be termed as a commendable achievement on the part of Suzlon, the world’s fifth largest and India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, crossed 1,000 MW of installed capacity at the Jaisalmer wind park in Rajasthan.
The Suzlon Group crossed the milestone at the end of FY12, reaching 1,064 MW on 1st April, 2012. This achievement makes the wind park the largest of its kind in India, a proud accomplishment for the state of Rajasthan and Suzlon.
Speaking on this achievement, Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Group, said, “Suzlon is proud to be playing such a vital role in powering the state of Rajasthan. Completing 1 GW of installed capacity is a great achievement for us as a company and for wind energy in India. We credit this achievement to the support from the Government of Rajasthan, our customers and the local communities.”
Suzlon credits this achievement to the trust, support and encouragement of the state government, customers, policy makers, state power utilities, suppliers and local communities who have played a vital role in bringing this dream project to fruition. “The Jaisalmer wind park is a powerful illustration of how Suzlon serves its customers and the communities it works in. We take this opportunity to renew our commitment to Rajasthan and to harness the incredible wind potential in the state,” Mr. Tanti said.
The development of the wind park was initiated by Suzlon in August 2001 and comprises Suzlon’s entire wind portfolio – ranging from the earliest 350 kW model to the latest S9X – 2.1 MW series. The first S9X wind turbine in India was commissioned at the Tejuva site in Baramsar, Jaisalmer and was dedicated to the nation by Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Dr. Farooq Abdullah in July 2011.
This wind park lights up the lives of the local community through Suzlon Foundation’s interventions. Implemented under Suzlon’s commitment to sustainable development, the Foundation has positively impacted more than 5,000 families in over 70 villages in the Jaisalmer district through initiatives like livestock health care, water conservation, tree plantation and solar lighting as well as community organization and education support.
The wind park comprises of a cluster of wind farm sites within the Jaisalmer district including Amarsagar, Badabaug, Baramsar, Tejuva and Soda Mada among others. The wind park houses projects of some of Suzlon’s key customers including Mytrah Energy, Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd., and Rajasthan Gums.