Vestas continues its strong performance in auctions across the globe and has received an order for 202 MW of V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6-MW power optimized mode from Capital Power for its Whitla Wind project in southeast Alberta, Canada.
The Whitla Wind Project was selected as one of four projects by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in Alberta’s first renewable energy auction, a competition that attracted global participation. The auction set a record breaking low cost benchmark for wind energy costs in Canada, and resulted in Alberta expanding its original wind megawatt allocation target nearly 50%, from 400 to nearly 600 MW.
The 2017 auction is part of Alberta’s plan to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy to the grid by 2030. Alberta is the third largest wind market in Canada, which ranks 9th in the world for installed capacity. Wind has been the number one source of new electricity generation in Canada for more than a decade.
“We have worked with Vestas for more than a decade and look forward to embarking on another successful wind project together,” said Darcy Trufyn, Capital Power’s Senior Vice President, Operations, Engineering and Construction. “We are confident that Whitla Wind will deliver strong performance and support bringing clean energy to Albertans.”
The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines as well as a ten-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to maximize uptime and energy production and ensure optimized performance for the lifetime of the project.
“We’re pleased that Vestas’ 4 MW platform was able to help Capital Power achieve the record-breaking low wind costs in this auction, which are a testament to the power of wind to deliver clean, low-cost energy for the benefit of consumers and communities”, said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
Turbine delivery will begin in the second quarter of 2019 with commissioning scheduled for the third quarter.