Vestas has received a 202 MW order from E.ON Climate & Renewables North America for 112 V100-1.8 MW turbines for a U.S.-based wind-energy project whose location is yet to be disclosed. Key to the order is the ability of this specific turbine model to capture lower wind speeds.
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This latest deal is another reminder of how important it was for the Ritter Administration to be instrumental in attracting the company’s U.S. manufacturing base to
Colorado in 2008. Vestas’ in-state factories
will take part in the production of the turbines.
The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with a five-year service and maintenance agreement.
Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2012 with commissioning expected mid-year.
“We are excited to again work with one of the leading wind-power operators in the world to move this project forward,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc.
“E.ON chose a turbine that is specifically designed to capture the lower wind speeds of this area.”
Vestas says that once completed, the project will provide enough electricity to power more than 60,000 American homes for a year. It also will create construction and turbine-maintenance jobs.
The contract includes Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program. The AOM 4000 program guarantees turbine availability and includes all planned and unplanned maintenance services. AOM 4000 also includes continuous remote monitoring and surveillance of the project via the VestasOnline® SCADA system.
E.ON is a major renewable energy company headquartered in Chicago with development offices in Austin and Denver. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America is a subsidiary of E.ON AG, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and the largest investor-owned utility in the world.
Vestas last worked with E.ON on the 180 MW Papalote Creek wind power plant in San Patricio County, Texas, which was finished in 2009 and consists of 109 V82-1.65 MW turbines.
This order marks the company’s sixth North American deal
announced in 2011, totaling 976 MW.