Tulsi Tanti passes away; PM Modi pays tribute | All you need to know about Suzlon Energy founder

Published on Oct 02, 2022 01:14 PM IST

Tulsi Tanti set up Suzlon in 1995 and spearheaded growth in the Indian wind energy sector by championing affordable and sustainable energy policies.

Tulsi Tanti, founder and chairman of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd.
Tulsi Tanti, founder and chairman of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd.
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Tulsi Tanti, founder and chairman of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd., died of cardiac arrest on Saturday. He was 64. Tanti was on his way home in Pune after concluding a series of meetings in Ahmedabad about Suzlon’s ongoing 12 billion rupees ($147.5 million) rights issue, the company said in a separate statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained" by the businessman's ”untimely demise". “Shri Tulsi Tanti was a pioneering business leader who contributed to India’s economic progress and strengthened our nation’s efforts to further sustainable development,” Modi tweeted.

Who was Tulsi Tanti?

>Tusli Tanti was born in Gujarat and studied commerce and mechanical engineering.

>Tanti started a textiles business and invested in two wind turbines in 1990 because of inadequate power supply in his area, according to a profile note by the UNEP, which named him one of its “Champions of the Earth” in 2009.

>He was also named a “Hero of the Environment” in 2007 by Time magazine.

>Tanti was also the chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association.

>Tanti set up Suzlon in 1995 and spearheaded growth in the Indian wind energy sector by championing affordable and sustainable energy policies.

>The Pune-based company has a market capitalisation of $1.1 billion with an installed capacity of more than 19.4 GW in 17 countries.

>“India also holds a central position on the global energy transition roadmap due to its massive renewable energy potential, inherent manufacturing capabilities, and ever-expanding domestic consumer base,” Tanti said in Suzlon’s latest annual report.

>Tanti also backed the government’s push for offshore wind energy and said the country has the potential to build 100 GW of such projects by 2050.

>India’s installed renewable energy capacity stood at 161 GW in June, and the contribution of wind energy was over 25 per cent of the capacity, Tanti said in the report.

>At one point in 2012, Suzlon was India’s biggest convertible-note defaulter after policy hurdles crimped demand for the company’s wind turbines.

>The company reported a net profit in the April-June quarter after a loss in the same period last year. Shares have jumped about 28 per cent over the past year.

(With inputs from Bloomberg)

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