Wind man of India sets sights on Ontario

by Dave | Business |

[Tulsi] Tanti, often called the “wind man of India,” was in town yesterday to accept the annual Global Indian Award from the Canada India Foundation.
Today, Pune-based Suzlon is the fifth-largest wind turbine supplier in the world with $3.34 billion in revenues in 2008 and 13,000 employees. The company currently sells products in 21 countries. Tanti told news service Asia Pulse last week that Suzlon, through its majority-owned Germany-based subsidiary Repower AG, had secured contracts for developing wind-power projects in Canada.

The company has two business models. In countries such as India, Brazil and Australia, Suzlon doesn’t just sell wind turbines; it also designs, engineers and constructs the wind farms. In India, it evens builds the transmission lines that connect them to the country’s power grid.

Outside of those countries, Suzlon acts primarily as a turbine supplier, though it retains control over all aspects of turbine manufacturing. “We are producing the gearbox, rotor blades, generator, control systems, towers, all the value chain components,” said Tanti.

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