Suzlon Contributes to Illinois State University Renewables Program

 Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation (Pune, India and Chicago, Ill. ), a step-down subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Limited of India, announced on Sept. 4 a contribution of $50,000 (USD) to Illinois State University's (Normal, Ill.

 Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation (Pune, India and Chicago, Ill.), a step-down subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Limited of India, announced on Sept. 4 a contribution of $50,000 (USD) to Illinois State University's (Normal, Ill.) Center for Renewable Energy, which also is connected to the University's new renewable energy bachelor's program. As a founding member of the Center, Suzlon's gift, says the company, is in keeping with its corporate vision to build a sustainable, educated and skilled workforce in the field of renewable energy.

"In Illinois and across the Midwestern U.S., Suzlon believes strongly that a four-year program like the one Illinois State University has established is essential to developing the workforce that we must have now and well into the next decade," said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp.

The newly established renewable energy major is a four-year program with 40 students already enrolled for the fall 2008 semester. Suzlon joins an advisory board to the Center for Renewable Energy, providing industry input for future research and development of wind energy and other renewables. The company also is involved in the development of the Center's internship program.

Suzlon has established manufacturing facilities in India, China and the U.S. with a combined manufacturing base of 2,700 MW of annual capacity and is undertaking an aggressive program to expand its base to 5,700 MW of capacity in fiscal year 2008-2009. In 2007, the company was ranked as the world's fifth leading wind turbine manufacturer with a more than 10.5 percent share of the global market.