Suzlon arm REpower to set up 143.5 MW wind power unit for enXco of US

REpower Systems AG, the German arm of Indian wind wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Limited, today signed an agreement with enXco - an EDF Energies Nouvelles company in the US - for setting up a 143.5 MW wind power project in the US.

Suzlon Energy through its overseas subsidiary maintains 91 per cent stake in the American company, Suzlon said in a press release.

Under the agreement, Repower will supply enXco 70 MM92 turbines - each with a rated power of 2.05 MW and rotor diameter of 92.5 metres - for setting up a 143.5 MW wind farm project in the West Coast. The project is slated for completion by mid-2011.

REpower and enXco have already been cooperating in the USA since 2006 and have implemented a series of wind farm projects in the states of California, Washington
and Indiana. All together, REpower USA Corp, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has installed or sold 390 wind turbines in the US, the release stated.

"This agreement is a further sign of confidence by enXco in our reliable technology, which we now can demonstrate with nearly 800 megawatts of installed or sold capacity in the USA", Per Hornung Pedersen, CEO - REpower, stated after signing the agreement.

"This order reflects our need to secure turbines for the recovering West Coast market where enXco is very well positioned due to the quality of the sites we have secured in California and the Pacific Northwest", stated Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO of enXco.

"This conditional order demonstrates our continued strength in project development and ability to successfully procure turbines," he added.

"We are very pleased with this order. The United States forms one of the most important growth markets for wind energy today, and this order is another step forward in strengthening the REpower presence and competitiveness in the US wind energy market, said Tulsi Tanti, cairman and managing director, Suzlon Energy and chairman of the supervisory board of REpower.