Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas started June off with a bang with two separate wind turbine supply announcements for North America totaling 406 megawatts (MW).
On the first day of the month, Vestas revealed that it had been awarded two wind turbine supply contracts in North America, totaling 406 MW and set to be delivered in 2019. The announcements come as the North American renewable energy industry remains a focal point of political furore, though the wind energy industry seems to be continuing to steer mostly clear of the deepest pitfalls.
The first of the two wind supply contracts was awarded by EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for 306 MW worth of Vestas’ V136-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Mesa la Paz wind park set to be developed in the Llera municipality in the country’s west. Vestas will supply and install 85 wind turbines which have been upgraded to 3.6 MW Power Optimized Mode, as well as a 15-year service agreement.
“Vestas continues its strategic focus on the Mexican market by increasing both its manufacturing footprint and installed capacity, which support Mexico’s development and create jobs,” explained Enric Català, Senior Director Sales LATAM, Vestas. “With more than 1.3 GW of turbines either under construction or installed in Tamaulipas alone, Mexico has evolved into a strong example for other countries in Latin America for creating a more sustainable energy mix.”
“EnerAB is committed to providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy solutions to our customers,” added Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, CEO of EnerAB. “We recently won a 25-year PPA for the 306 MW Mesa La Paz wind facility. It’s the first renewable PPA above 300 MW in Mexico financed entirely through a US-held private company. We choose Vestas as a provider based on our shared strategic focus on the Mexican market and its long-term potential to contribute to a greener energy future. Through EnerAB, Grupo Bal and AES aim to help Mexico reach its goal of generating 35 percent of its electricity through renewable sources by 2024.”
Meanwhile, north of the border, Vestas also secured a wind turbine order for 100 MW from leading US energy provider Southern Power for the Wildhorse Mountain wind project set to be developed in Oklahoma. Vestas will provide nearly 30 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines and will provide service for the wind farm over 20 years.
“Southern Power has renewable energy facilities from coast to coast, and with this order Vestas once again demonstrates its ability to leverage its vast experience across wind power plants’ entire value chain and develop solutions that meet specific customer needs,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “From the development stages with our codevelopment team, through to the long-term service agreement, Vestas offered solutions at every stage of the project lifecycle to ensure the lowest cost of energy, highest quality of technology, and optimal park performance.”
Vestas declined to comment further on the announcements.