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Suzlon begins 3-gigawatt wind power drive in Andhra Pradesh

Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon will be developing around 3,000 megawatts' worth of wind power projects in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (where a 1-megawatt solar project recently went online) from 2012 and 2016.

In a statement, Suzlon noted that Andhra Pradesh has many medium- to low-wind sites that would be ideal for the company's new suite of turbines developed for maximum energy generation under low wind speeds.

Areas in Andhra Pradesh targeted for development are the districts of Tallimadugula, Alankarayanipeta, Gandikota, Vajrakarur, and Tirumalayapalli.

The company hopes to bring potential investments of up to 18 billion rupees ($3.5 billion) to the southeastern Indian state.

Suzlon has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government.

Under the terms of the memorandum, the Andhra Pradesh government will facilitate in obtaining necessary permissions, registrations, approvals and clearances for the development of the wind farms.

Suzlon will play the role of developer and work to channel investments into Andhra Pradesh through its customers investing in wind energy.

Suzlon is reported as the world's fifth largest wind turbine supplier in terms of cumulative installed capacity at the end of 2010. – Katrice R. Jalbuena

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