India and China catch the wind – Keith Bradsher

From The International Herald Tribune:

Dilip Pantosh Patil uses an ox-drawn wooden plow to till the same land as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. But now he has a new neighbor: a shiny white wind turbine taller than a 20-story building, generating electricity at the edge of his bean field.

may still have an image as something of a plaything of environmentalists more concerned with clean energy than saving money. But it is quickly emerging as a serious alternative not just in affluent areas of the world but in fast-growing, energy-starved countries like India and China. And leading the charge here in west-central India and elsewhere is an unlikely champion, Suzlon Energy, a homegrown Indian company.

Suzlon dominates the Indian market and is expanding rapidly abroad, having just erected factories in locations as far away as Pipestone, Minnesota, and Tianjin, China. Four- fifths of Suzlon’s soaring order book now comes from outside India. [Full Text]

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