Vestas has confirmed that it will be supplying 150 MW worth of wind turbines to the Salt Fork wind power plant in Texas.
EDF Renewable Energy placed the order for 75 of Vestas’ V100-2.0 MW turbines to go towards the Salt Fork wind power plant, located in the Donley and Gray Counties of Texas.
The news came only a few days after EDF Renewable Energy completed the acquisition of the Salt Fork development from Cielo Wind Power, which has the potential to grow up to 200 MW in total. The acquisition was the result of 18 months negotiation between EDF and Cielo, and included a Power Purchase Agreement with Garland Power & Light.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Garland Power & Light to include the Salt Fork Wind Project, building upon the Spinning Spur 3 Wind Project, which is presently under construction and expected to be completed later this year,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President at EDF Renewable Energy. “The diligent collaboration between Cielo and EDF Renewable Energy demonstrates the value of long-term relationships; Salt Fork represents the third wind project we have successfully acquired from Cielo in late-stage development.”
Located in the Texas Panhandle approximately 45 miles east of Amarillo, the development is set to spread over 16,700 acres, is expected to begin operations towards the end of 2016, and brings EDF Renewable Energy’s current Texas portfolio up to 1.2 GW.
The project also marks the first turbine supply agreement between Vestas and EDF under their newest master supply contract, after the successful closing last year of the previous gigawatt-level agreement.
“We are pleased to have placed our first 2016 US wind turbine order with Vestas, building upon the strong relationship forged between our two companies over the past three years, through more than 1,000 MW of joint business,” said Ryan Pfaff. “We look forward to working with the Vestas team to make the Salt Fork Wind Project a success.”
“After closing the books last December on a master agreement that totaled almost 1,100 MW of capacity, we are very happy to kick off our next gigawatt-scale master agreement with EDF RE,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “Our workhorse 2 MW platform combines a long, dependable track record with competitive economic performance. We’re pleased that EDF RE has selected it for this project.”