Sany Electric has commissioned it first of five 2-MW wind turbines in the U.S. in June 2011. The project broke ground in December 2010 and was undertaken by Sany Electric in Ralls, Texas, a town east of Lubbock. Baker RD helped in the construction phase of the contract. AVIC International, a strategic partner in China for Sany, partnered with Sany in the U.S. to facilitate the building of this wind farm. The project was bought from American Seawind, a developer of wind farms in the area. There are now five SE8720IIIE 2-MW wind turbine generators erected on the site, with more planned in the coming years.
Each 80-m tower is operational producing electricity through Xcel. “This is the first of many wind turbine projects Sany will do in 2011,” said Stacy Rowles, Project Development Manager for Sany Electric. The SE8720IIIE wind turbine generators are intended for the 60-Hz power grid and meet UL, ISO, ANSI and OSHA related standards. The 87-m rotor has three variable pitch-angle blades. A high efficiency planetary gearbox and two precision bearing shaft supports let the generators produce power in as little as 0.7 mph winds. In addition to the SE8720IIIE, the company also has six more wind turbines in the 1 to 2 MW power class for onshore and offshore power generation. The firm recently introduced a 3-MW generator.
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