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Vestas announces major wind project as current PTC expires

With the current U.S. government production tax credit (PTC) expiring on Dec. 31, 2013, Vestas has announced that its turbines will be installed at two U.S. wind farms, totaling 350 MW.

Posted on: 12/26/2013
Source: CompositesWorld

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Aarhus, Denmark) reported on Dec. 18 that it has received a 350-MW order from Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGP-NA). Vestas will supply 75 V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 150-MW Origin wind power plant in Oklahoma, USA. Vestas and EGP-NA also have signed an agreement for up to an additional 836 MW worth of 2-MW turbines, of which 200 MW is firm. Deliveries for Origin are expected to occur in mid-2014 with commissioning by the end of that year.

Vestas’ factories in Colorado will be involved in manufacturing blades, nacelles and towers for the 350-MW order. To meet customer demand, Vestas is adding more workers at three of its Colorado factories – the blade factory in Windsor as well as the blade and nacelle factories in Brighton. Vestas is recruiting now and expects to add hundreds of production workers in the first half of 2014 in Windsor and Brighton, primarily at the two blade factories. Interested candidates can apply at elwoodwindjobs.com.

“We’re thankful to work again with a major global company like Enel which has a proven track record of building successful wind-energy projects in this country,” says Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “Our two-megawatt platform features turbines that are reliable, proven workhorses with a very competitive cost of energy. We are confident the V100-2.0 MW turbines will deliver a positive return on investment for Enel.”

The Origin project will include a three-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement. AOM 5000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential wear-and-tear issues. This allows Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines operate with the minimum amount of lost production.

Vestas has previously supplied wind turbines to Enel for three U.S. projects, most recently the 200-MW Caney River wind power plant in Kansas that was commissioned in 2011.

EGP-NA, part of Enel Green Power, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating or under development in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. 


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