Maestrale chooses Suzlon to supply first project

Milan-based renewables group Maestrale Green Energy has turned to Indian turbine producer Suzlon for its first wind farm, a 21 MW plant in Apulia. The Martignano wind farm, which will use ten Suzlon 2.1 MW turbines, is expected online by June and represents Suzlon's first Italian contract. Maestrale's Carlo Durante says the company has a development pipeline of about 400 MW in Italy. "We never buy fully authorised projects but rather ones that are one-half or three-quarters along the way," says Durante. He says this strategy allows the group both to save on costs as well as to make its own decisions on the turbines, plant layout and other key aspects of the project. Maestrale is also eyeing another 250 MW in Greece as well as 200 MW in Poland.

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