Friday, September 27, 2013

Vestas Receives Largest Wind Turbine Order Since 2010

Vestas has landed its largest order globally in three years one of the largest so far in the United States.
Duke Energy Renewables out of Texas placed an order for 200 turbines to supply 400 megawatts of electricity for two wind projects in southern Texas, Vestas announced this morning.
The projects -- Los Vientos III and Los Vientos IV -- will include 200 V110-2.0 MW turbines combined that will be installed in southern Texas. Deliveries for both projects are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year with commissioning expected in 2015 and 2016, according to a news release.
It is Vestas' largest turbine order globally since 2010. In the United States, the company h as never had a larger order in number, butin megawatts, they record a 2010 project in California as the company's largest at 570MW, from 190 turbines. The company's largest ever turbine order was for 866 turbines in 2000.
"Continuing our partnership with Duke Energy, one of the largest utilities in the United States, is really important to Vestas," said Chris Brown, president of Vestas' sales and service division in the United States and Canada, in a news release. "We won this deal in a very competitive process and thank Duke for its faith in Vestas to deliver high quality services and products such as our new V110-2.0 MW turbine. These turbines will be able to power nearly 120,000 Texas households with clean, reliable electricity for decades. This order also will keep our U.S. factories busy and create jobs for Vestas service technicians who ensure the turbines are producing the maximum amount of power."
The V110-2.0 MW turbine is a variant of the V100-1.8 MW that can provide more than 13 percent higher annual energy production compared with its predecessor.
Vestas' factories in Colorado will manufacture blades, nacelles and towers for these projects. Once Los Vientos IV is finished, it will be the 10th major wind-energy project in Texas to use Vestas turbines, the release stated.
"We're pleased to again be working with Vestas on projects that will bring affordable,renewable energy to Texas," said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf in the release. "It's a good partnership, first forged in 2009 when Vestas supplied 55 turbines for our Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. We're confident that Los Vientos III and IV will deliver excellent performance and reliably serve customers in south Texas for years to come."
So far this year, Vestas has secured 870 MW of orders in the United States and Canada. Among those were two announcements in recent weeks in which Vestas will provide 140MW in two separate orders domestically Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., and EDF Renewable Energy.

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