“We believe Suzlon works harder than anyone in the industry to put the customer first from our sales team all the way through to the construction and service teams, and warranty program,” said Andris Cukurs, chief executive officer of Suzlon Wind Energy. “Getting projects online sooner means we give them an earlier start on their return on investment and add green electrons that much sooner to the grid. We appreciate the fine partnership with Duke to make it all come together.”

At full capacity, the 20 Suzlon wind turbines are capable of producing 42 MW of wind generated electricity, which is enough energy to power nearly 20,000 average US homes. Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power, a utility subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., and Platte River Power Authority are buying the renewable energy generated by Duke Energy at its Silver Sage Project.

In addition to supplying and building the turbines, Suzlon Wind Energy is providing operations and maintenance at Silver Sage through a five-year service agreement with Duke Energy. The company also supplied the 14 S88 turbines in use at Duke Energy’s nearby Happy Jack Windpower Project, a 29 MW wind farm that entered commercial operation in September 2008.