REpower, a subsidiary of the Indian wind energy giant Suzlon Energy, has announced that it has now installed a total of 1,000 MW of wind energy capacity in the United Kingdom. The company became the only turbine manufacturer in the UK to cross this milestone.
REpower achieved an installed capacity of 500 MW in summer of 2010 and added the next 500 MW capacity within the next two years. REpower was one of the three leading wind turbine manufacturers in the UK’s onshore wind energy market in 2011–12. Siemens, Gamesa, and REpower together commanded a share of 75% of the onshore market. In the offshore segment, Siemens and REpower were the only technology providers in 2011–12, with REpower having a share of 29%.
In 2011–12, REpower supplied 30 wind turbines of 5 MW capacity each to Ormonde offshore wind energy project. The project, with a total generation capacity of 150 MW, is owned by Vattenfall, one of the leading power generating companies in Europe. The project, located in the Irish Sea in the north west of the UK, became operational in February 2012.
The company has won contracts and installed several large-scale wind energy projects across the world. In January this year, it received its largest-ever contract to supply equipment to a 350MW project owned by EDF Canada. The contract is part of the framework agreement of up to 954 MW signed between EDF EN and REpower in 2009.
According to renewableUK, currently 413 wind energy projects are either operational, consented, or under construction in the UK. These projects include 5,851 MW of onshore capacity and 3,309 MW of offshore capacity. These projects can cumulatively generate 22,130 GW hours of electricity and offset over 7.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
REpower’s parent, Suzlon Energy is also a major technology provider in the developing countries, especially India. In November 2012, the Suzlon Group crossed 20,000 MW in global wind energy installations. These installations can generate about 41,000 GW hours of electricity and offset 34 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. When Suzlon Energy Limited, which looks after operations in India, achieved 5,000 MW capacity installation in September 2010 it commanded 30% share in the country’s wind energy capacity.
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