Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received a 160 MW wind turbine order from leading independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy.
Vestas announced the firm and unconditional order for 80 2.0 MW turbines that will qualify for the United States’ Production Tax Credit for wind energy. The 160 MW order is part of a global master supply agreement Vestas made with EDF Renewable Energy and its parent company, EDF Énergies Nouvelles. While the specific destination has not been announced, Vestas and EDF both claimed the order was “for future onshore wind turbine installations in the United States and Europe.”
Delivery of the order is expected to stretch out over 2016 to 2019.
“Since entering our first master supply agreement with Vestas in 2013, EDF RE has installed more than 2 GW of the Vestas wind turbines throughout the US,” said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. “Our order today further demonstrates the success of our partnership and industry collaboration to bring more wind energy projects online.”
“This order secures EDF Renewable Energy’s ability to capture the full value of the PTC by strategically deploying our versatile 2.0 MW platform on a variety of wind sites, delivering more cost-competitive wind energy to rate payers throughout the US,” added Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
The announcement comes only days after Vestas signed a 120 MW wind turbine order with ACWA Power for the Khalladi wind park being developed in northern Morocco, bringing Vestas’ current installed or under construction total in Africa to more than 900 MW.
It was unsurprising, then, that Navigant Research lauded Vestas as the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer in a new Leaderboard report published this month, beating out rivals GE Energy, Siemens, and Gamesa.
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