American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) has received an initial order for full wind turbine electrical control systems worth more than US$20 million from Ghodawat Energy Pvt. Ltd. (GEPL).

Under the terms of the contract, AMSC will begin shipping the electrical control systems to Ghodawat in mid-2010 and will complete all shipments by the end of calendar 2013.

The flagship renewable energy arm of Maharashtra, India-based Sanjay Ghodawat Group, GEPL has a strong track record in the wind power industry. GEPL today owns and operates over 150 wind turbines that are generating over 100 MW of electricity at wind farms in four states of India. It also operates a tubular-type wind turbine tower manufacturing facility under Shrenik Industries Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidy of GEPL. Its manufacturing capacity is 400 towers per year. The company has now begun manufacturing full 1.65 MW doubly fed induction wind turbines that were designed by and licensed from AMSC's wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary. GEPL already has erected its first 1.65 MW wind turbines (branded the Ghodawat 1650) and recently completed construction of a wind turbine production plant in Maharashtra with an estimated annual output of 500 MW.

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