Danish wind energy company Vestas announced or confirmed four separate North American wind turbine orders over the weekend to close out the first quarter, totaling 598 megawatts (MW).
Across Friday and Saturday of last week, Vestas announced four separate US-based wind turbine orders (as well as a 50 MW order in India) that amounted to 598 MW. The announcements came only two days after the company announced that it would also be providing 135 MW worth of its V126-3.45 MW wind turbines along with a 25-year service agreement to the 148.4 MW Blue Cloud Wind Energy Project in Texas, which is being developed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
In order, the four new announcements include an order by Terra-Gen for 159 MW of Vestas’ V117-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Voyager II wind project in California (which upon completion will have a total size of 193 MW); the confirmation of a June 2016 order from MidAmerican Energy Company for 92 MW of Vestas’ V110-2.0 MW turbines for the Wind XI project in Iowa; an order by Xcel Energy for 138 MW of Vestas’ V120-2.0 MW wind turbines for the Foxtail wind project in North Dakota; and finally, a 209 MW order for Vestas’ V136-3.45 MW turbines to an undisclosed project and customer.
We’ve covered the Wind XI project extensively ever since it was announced and confirmed by MidAmerican Energy back in September of 2016. The other projects show a slow and steady development of onshore wind across America that should encourage supporters of renewable energy.
The four separate orders also highlight Vestas’ continued dominance in North America across its supply line, with two of the orders seeking the company’s 2 MW wind turbine and two orders for its 3.45 MW turbine optimised to provide 3.6 MW output — defined by Vestas as its 4 MW platform.
“This order once again emphasises the 4 MW platform’s momentum in the traditionally 2 MW-dominated U.S. market and how Vestas’ flexible product portfolio enables new wind projects and support local communities,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada, and continued, “These turbines, and the wind project they power, will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits for the community, and support growth in a thriving American manufacturing supply chain.”
The four projects are expected to be completed over the next 15 months.
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