Wind Power Mogul Tulsi Tanti's Big Plans for India

Dhule Wind Farm

It may not look like much in this photo, but Suzlon has ambitious plans for this site in western India

If you're not Indian you may not know the names of wealthy industrialists Lakshmi Mittal or Ratan Tata. Well here's another name to add to list of prominent Indians you don't know but should be aware of: Tulsi Tanti.

Just why should you pay attention to this man? Because when his company, Suzlon Energy completes its windpark in Dhule, Maharashtra it will not only be the largest in Asia, but one of the largest in the world at 1,100 megawatts.This would make it larger than the planned London Array, though not quite as ambitious as the Pickens project in Texas. Tanti's got a head start though, the Dhule wind farm already has a capacity of 640 MW, with the remaining planned capacity currently underconstruction. At least for a while India will be able to claim the world's number one spot in single wind projects.

Tulsi Tanti

Suzlon's success
In the past thirteen years, Tanti has taken Suzlon from being a mere idea, born out of frustration with the state of electricity in his native Surat, Gujarat on India's southwest coast, to being the world's fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer with 10.5% of global market share, operating in 20 countries, and employing 13,000 people. In addition to its manufacturing facilities in India, it has opened factories in Minnesota and China. Last year Suzlon's sales grew by 79%, three times the industry average.

:: Spiegel Online, currently has an excellent profile on Tanti.

photos courtesy of Suzlon Energy.
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