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Indian group turbine tech chosen for two UK wind farms

Suzlon’s REpower to build 16.4MW of wind power in south wales and England including for a sewage treatment plant

The turbine technology of Indian firm Suzlon will be used to build two UK wind farms including one in Wales

An Indian energy group’s turbine technology has been selected to develop two wind farms in the UK. A UK subsidiary of India’s Suzlon Group, REpower UK, has signed two contracts totalling 16.4MW.

The company will be supplying wind turbines for a new wind farm at Wear Point in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, as well as the Avonmouth wind farm in south west England to provide renewable energy for a sewage treatment works in the region.

Wear Point, jointly owned by infrastructure company John Laing and developer Infinergy, will consist of four MM82 turbines. Construction work at Wear Point will commence in summer 2013 and will be completed towards the end of the year.

Avonmouth Wind Farm, located at a Bristol sewage treatment works, is being developed by Triodos Renewables Plc and GENeco – Wessex Water’s waste to energy company – and will consist of four MM92 turbines. The four new turbines at Avonmouth are part of a wider strategy to increase renewable energy at Wessex Water's sewage treatment works. They will be part of a renewable energy mix of wind and anaerobic digestion which is already in operation at the site.

Construction at Avonmouth is due to start in the summer and will be completed in December 2013. Triodos Renewables plc said it is pleased to be constructing another wind farm on a brown field site as part of its commitment to investing in renewables projects that have minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Wear Point and Avonmouth wind farms will have a rated output of 8.2MW each, enough to generate power for nearly 5,000 homes.

Rick Eggleston, managing director, REpower UK, said: “I am delighted to announce the closure of both of these contracts. 2012 was one of our most successful years to date with nearly 300MW signed, and these two new contracts represent the perfect start to what we believe will be a very successful 2013. We are pleased to continue our relationship with Triodos Renewables Plc for their Avonmouth Wind Farm, as well as John Laing and Infinergy for the Weir Point development in South Wales – we look forward to building on these relationships through 2013 and beyond.”

The news from Suzlon follows other BRIC companies working to develop the UK’s renewable energy industry. This includes Trina Solar, a China integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic technology, which launched a partner programme for UK installers of its PV technology in May last year.