Vestas Receives Order For 200 MW Wind Farm In North Dakota

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Vestas Wind Systems has received an order for wind turbines for the 200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm project in North Dakota.

Announced last week, Vestas Wind Systems revealed that it had received a firm and unconditional order from Xcel Energy for the provision of 100 of the company’s V100-2.0 MW wind turbines for the Courtenay Wind Farm project in Stutsman County, North Dakota.

Vestas-1The order is simply the latest in a string of orders that Vestas has publicized over the past fortnight, which included a batch of seven orders that we wrote about last week, totaling 332 MW across five different countries around the world. Vestas interspersed its order announcements with the revelation that it had also been awarded a service agreement for the 102 MW Coram Wind Project in California, a move which it believes reflects “Vestas’ service business flexibility.”

As part of its latest agreement with Xcel Energy, Vestas will not only provide 100 of its V100-2.0 MW wind turbines — of which they have installed more than 3 GW worldwide — but Vestas will also commission the wind turbines, as well as provide a three-year service agreement for the project.

“Xcel Energy is a national leader in wind power,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “We welcome them as a new Vestas customer and are confident our highly proven V100-2.0 MW turbine will ensure Xcel delivers clean, reliable power to their customers at a competitive cost.”

“We’ve been the nation’s No. 1 utility wind provider in the US for 11 consecutive years, and we are pleased to partner with Vestas,” said Kent Larson, Xcel Energy’s executive vice president and group president, Operations. “When complete, the Courtenay Wind Farm project will boast 100 Vestas turbines. This will generate enough electricity for about 105,000 homes, making use of North Dakota’s abundant renewable resource.”

Image Credit: Vestas V100-2.0 MW Turbine, via Vestas Wind Systems

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4 thoughts on “Vestas Receives Order For 200 MW Wind Farm In North Dakota

  • Wind turbine sizes and hub heights have been flat in the US West for a while now. We shouldn’t worry – conservatism means economies of scale and learning, and is giving Americans PPAs at an unbeatable 2.5c/kwh. If it works, don’t fix it.

  • Has anybody looked at worldwide numbers of these numbers, over the last decade and the coming decade, money invested in FF fuels vs invested for RE?
    And was there will be a point there such investment is equal to each other and the more important number how the ROI (Return on investment) number look, increase/decrease for either one FF/RE.

  • About time for North Dakota. The Dakotas have one of the richest wind resources in the country.

  • I’m impressed with the way Vestas has grown. I’ve been a minor stockholder for several years…. They are turning out to have been a good investment…. Now if they can just get Dominion Resources convinced that wind is a viable energy resource for the East Coast offshore continental shelf area. Instead, Dominion Resources would rather utilize lawyer money to work political deals to avoid oversight by the State (Virginia) Corporation Commission for their future proposed rate increases as they are transitioning away from coal to natural gas. The State Assembly will allow a ten year moratorium on oversight…. unbelievable, the sweetheart deals that take place…. Dom Res is putting up huge towers across the James River (in a notable historic area, Jamestown/ Williamsburg plus it’s a busy river traffic area, including DoD/Army Transportation Corps, commercial sand and gravel barges, oil tankers and lighters and trash barges) to carry power instead of doing an underwater system that they will eventually need to be technically competent in, if and when, they ever do get around to putting up offshore wind for Virginia and the rest of the East Coast. At least North Dakota sees an opportunity. For years, there was a cable laying ship docked only a mile from my house working government contracts, so, it’s not like we don’t have local expertise…. leading horses to water…. guess they aren’t thirsty enough, yet.

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