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Indian wind power group crosses 1GW milestone in UK

Suzlon group reaches historic milestone of installed UK wind capacity with aims to secure 25 per cent and 30 per cent of country’s onshore and offshore market share respectively by 2014

Suzlon says its turbine technology is ideally suited to UK wind conditions both onshore and offshore

Indian wind leader Suzlon Group has crossed 1GW of installed wind power capacity in the UK. Suzlon Group subsidiary REpower Systems, a leading manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind turbines, has reached the historic milestone of installed capacity across UK wind farms. REpower UK is only the third manufacturer in the UK to achieve the 1GW watershed.

Since its inception in 2005, REpower UK has consistently been one of the fastest growing turbine manufacturers in the UK. The company has taken just over two years to add a further 500MW to its portfolio since announcing 500MW of installed capacity in summer 2010.

By 2014, REpower UK said it is looking to secure 25 per cent of UK onshore market share and 30 per cent of UK offshore market share. Since REpower UK reached 500MW installed capacity back in 2010, the manufacturer has added a substantial number of wind farms to its portfolio in England, Scotland and Wales. These include the Penny Hill wind farm developed by Banks Renewables, which features six 3.4M104 turbines and was the project that took REpower UK to 1GW. 3.4M104 is currently the company's most powerful onshore wind turbine, and is the most powerful onshore turbine to be installed and operate in the UK.

Rick Eggleston, managing director of REpower UK, said: "We are delighted to reach the historic milestone of 1GW of installed capacity in the UK. We believe this is testament to the quality and reliability of REpower's turbine technology which is ideally suited to UK wind conditions both onshore and offshore. We are committed to developing our market share and installed base in the UK wind power sector, and to building further on the successful relationships we have developed since we installed our first turbine in the UK in 2005."

Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE added: "Reaching 1GW of installed capacity emphasises the UK as one of REpower's core markets for our onshore and offshore business."

The Suzlon Group is an example of a BRIC company that is showing continuous efforts to build up its renewable energy technology in the UK. In March this year, Chinese PV firm Trina Solar said it showed a big interest in the UK solar market after stating its belief that the country's PV industry is set to boom this year.