China's Sany eyes 1GW of North American wind developments

An affiliate of China’s Sany Group plans to build and operate 1GW of North American wind projects in partnership with developer Star Energy Holdings.

Ralls Corp will link with Indiana-based Star Wind to develop the wind farms over the next five years targeting power deals with commercial and utility power users, according to a report quoted by Sany on its website.

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Ralls – founded by two Sany executives – is best known in the US for a legal battle with the Obama administration, which took exception to the Chinese-linked company developing wind farms near a US Navy facility. That case was settled in 2016.

Sany – a construction equipment group that is one of China’s largest private companies – has made no secret of its ambitions to expand the market for its range of 1.5MW-3MW turbines.

The company late last year said it would produce wind turbines outside China for the first time at a new line in India, where it hopes to develop 2GW of renewable energy projects.

Sany is also on record as targeting wind markets in Africa and South America. In the latter region it was an unsuccessful bidder in Argentina's first renewables auction last year.

Star Wind has advanced about 1.4GW of wind developments in Indiana and Ohio since 2008, it said on its website.

If their plans materialise, the partners would join Sany's market-leading compatriot Goldwind in nursing major ambitions for the US market. Goldwind has qualified 1GW for future development under the full-value terms of the US production tax credit (PTC) incentive.