Chicago, September 29, 2011 — Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., the North American unit of Suzlon Energy announced the arrival of Suzlon's first S97 wind turbines to be installed in North America.
Forty-five wind turbine blades measuring about 150 feet each, along with gearboxes and generators, are being transported to the Amherst Wind Farm Project, a $61 million site that began construction in May and is slated for completion in Q1 2012.
The S97 turbines used at Amherst will be installed on hub height towers and, at full capacity, will generate enough electricity to power more than 10,000 Canadian homes. The project is owned by SP Amherst Wind Power L.P., a partnership between subsidiaries of Sprott Power Corp. and Firelight Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Suzlon's S9X product suite, launched in April, is an evolution of Suzlon's proven technology platform, and is built around a core doubly fed induction generator-based technology.
A compact and modular DFIG design allows ease of serviceability and meets the latest grid requirements for smoother wind power plant connectivity. Blade designs with rotor diameters of 95 and 97 meters offer a larger swept area with greater energy capture and power production from moderate to low wind speeds.