The key to success is to look beyond ones borders. Spanish wind energy company Gamesa, long a has-been until new management took over in 2010, just reported that for the first time in its history 100% of MW sales came from outside Spain. Its sales in India increased 8-fold and the company now commands a 10% market. In addition it’s opening a blade plant in Gujarat in 2011 with initial capacity of up to 300 MW and installing new plants to manufacture nacelles and towers (as joint ventures) in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
Gamesa has also signed MOU’s in China Longyuan, China Resources Power (CRP) and Datang for 900 MW. More recently it signed contracts to supply 300 MW to CRP (delivery in 2011) and 36 MW to Fujian Coal and strategic agreements with Longyuan to jointly develop wind projects outside China as well as 200 MW in China by 2015.
France’s Soitec, world leading supplier of advanced solutions for the energy and electronics and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have signed three contracts with a combined capacity of 30 megawatts (MW) of solar energy. The electricity will be generated at three solar power plant sites in San Diego County that will use Soitec ConcentrixTM technology. The concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules will be manufactured in a new Soitec factory to be built in the San Diego area. Soitec is a world leading supplier of advanced solutions for the energy and electronics industries.