Nordex USA Inc. will be supplying 34 wind turbines to Exelon Wind LLC for the Beebe Community Wind Farm in Gratiot County, Michigan. The 81.6-MW wind farm will be the first major project worldwide and the first in the United States to use the Nordex N117/2400 turbine, the latest addition to the company’s respected Gamma Generation product family. The unit maximizes output in light winds. The 2.4 MW turbines, on 91-m towers, will be located on 21,000 acres near Ithaca, Michigan, about 45 miles north of Lansing. The electricity generated by the project will be supplied to Consumers Energy of Jackson, Michigan, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Work will start May 2012 in preparation for delivery of the turbines beginning in September 2012. Nordex will be responsible for delivery, installation, commissioning and testing of the turbines and will provide ongoing maintenance under a 20-year Premium Service contract. Production of the turbine nacelles will take place at Nordex’ manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Beebe Community Wind Farm is the first project that Nordex USA has developed, after entering a joint venture last year with the local developer who initiated the project.
Nordex USA President and CEO Ralf Sigrist said, “It is an honor to supply our wind turbines to Exelon, a company consistently ranked as one of the top diversified energy firms in the country. It’s particularly satisfying to share our excitement about the N117/2400 with a company able to take advantage of its increased yields and capabilities.” Nordex has completed and planned installations totaling 626.6 MW of its multi-megawatt range of turbines in locations across the country including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Idaho, Colorado and Texas.
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