Wind World takes number 1 slot in India

INDIA: Wind World India, the company formerly known as Enercon India, has become the number one turbine manufacturer in India, according to figures from the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA).

Wind World manufacturers Enercon-designed turbines
Wind World manufacturers Enercon-designed turbines

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Wind World took first place from Suzlon after installing 454MW in 2012. Suzlon installed 415MW, while Powertech followed in third place on 273MW.

Further down, Vestas installed 34MW, an 87% fall on 2011. However, last year Vestas announced it was substantially reducing its sales efforts in India and was largely confining its activities to operations and maintenance.

The success of Wind World follows its rebrand at the end of last year. The company primarily supplies sub-1MW turbines using Enercon designs. But it has been involved in a legal dispute with Enercon since German manufacturer and former partner Enercon cancelled a licensing agreement between the two companies in 2007.

This dispute has included the use of the Enercon name and the German company's efforts to enforce a change. Speaking about the changes, Wind World India managing director Yogesh Mehra said that the domain name was acquired on 20 November 2012 and the change took place as of 1 January 2013.

"The company structure and share ownership structure remain the same as before," Mehra said.

Overall, wind installations in India fell 47% to 1.7GW due to issues over the country's incentive programme.

Although the country's colossal growth in energy demand means that long-term prospects for wind remain good, there is considerable uncertainty in the short-term as the industry waits for the government to reinstate financial support.

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