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Indian turbine tech selected for 105MW of wind projects in Canada

Suzlon Group wins six wind projects in Ontario which will include building a rotor blade manufacturing facility

The Suzlon turbine deal is for six wind projects in Canada

Indian turbine technology has been selected to build up 105MW of wind power in Canada. India’s Suzlon Group subsidiary, REpower Systems SE, has concluded a contract with wpd Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of project developer wpd AG, for the delivery of a total of 51 wind turbines to develop six projects in Ontario.

In order to serve its growing business presence in Canada and to meet the 50 per cent domestic content requirement of the Green Energy Act, REpower also announced to set up a rotor blade manufacturing facility in Southern Ontario.

The REpower MM92 turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05MW, are intended for a total of six projects. These are Whittington, Springwood, White Pines, Napier, Sumac Ridge and Fairview, all to be constructed and commissioned in 2014. As part of the contract, a service and maintenance agreement (ISP) for a total of 15 years for the new projects has been concluded.

Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, said: “The 105-MW contract again shows that the cold climate version of our MM92 is very well suited to the conditions on the Canadian wind market. With our announcement of rotor blade production in Ontario, we are expanding our presence in Canada – a wind market with great potential – even further.”

Helmut Herold, managing director of REpower Systems Inc, REpower’s Canadian subsidiary, added: “We are pleased that with our commitment in Ontario we are able to make an important contribution to local value creation. The project management and set up of a rotor blade factory involves the creation of several hundred medium to long term jobs.”

Member of the board of directors of wpd Dr. Hartmut Brösamle, said: “Ontario is an important market to us. We have been active there since 2007 and an experienced team of ours will bring the first projects of more than 100MW to the construction phase next year.”

The development from Suzlon marks another boost for renewable energy in Canada’s Ontario from BRIC countries. It follows Chinese firm Canadian Solar and the Bank of China announcing a financing agreement in May to provide a USD 120m construction loan facility for solar power plants in the province.