The Suzlon Group, a leading global renewable energy solutions provider, on Wednesday, said its S111 120m 2.1 MW wind turbine generator has achieved a nearly 42% Plant Load Factor (PLF) in its first 12 months of operation at the Jamanwada site in Kutch district of Gujarat.

The prototype was commissioned in March 2016, a company release said here.

The 42 percent PLF demonstrated is 20 per cent higher than the 35 percent PLF achieved by S97 120m in its first 12 months performance at the same location.

The S111 wind turbine generator is the latest addition to the 2.1 MW platform and features the Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) technology.

The generator was designed to optimally harness wind resources at higher altitudes making low wind sites viable. It not only delivers superior energy yield, but also offers higher return on investment for customers, said J.P. Chalasani, Group CEO, Suzlon Group.

“The S111 120m 2.1MW wind turbine is a game-changer in the industry,” he added.

It has generated yield of 7.66 million Kwh over the last 12 months. With its reduced levelised cost of energy (LCoE), cost effective design and performance S111 120m will unlock unviable sites and set new benchmarks in the Indian wind industry.

Duncan Koerbel, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Suzlon Energy, said the company’s focus is on developing efficient turbines to make previously unviable sites viable.

The Suzlon Group has a presence across 19 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North and South America. The two-decade-old Group has a cumulative installation of approximately 16.07 GW of wind energy capacity, over 8,800 employees with diverse nationalities and manufacturing facilities.

Suzlon is the only Indian wind energy company with an in-house Research and Development (R&D) set-up in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and India.

Over 10 GW of the Group’s installation is in India, which makes up for around 35% of the country’s wind installations, making Suzlon the largest player in this sector. The company has recently forayed into the solar space.