Leitwind has announced the commissioning of the Deliceto wind farm, which is grid-connected and operating in Apulia, Italy. The company was contracted by Elce Energia Spa in 2012 to build the 24MW wind farm, which is made of 16 Leitwind’s LTW80 1.5MW gearless turbines.
The wind turbines were delivered from the Telfs, Leitwind’s Austrian manufacturing facility. The OEM was able to build the wind farm in only six months, from signing the supply contract to commissioning the project. The wind farm will produce 57 GWh of electricity annually.
“Leitwind was responsible for the transport, installation, and commissioning of the wind farm. Furthermore, a full service contract for 15 years was finalized, which guarantees the customer efficient energy production and optimal technical availability”, states Leitwind CEO Anton Seeber.
The wind farm adds to the 40 MW of wind energy capacity already installed by Leitwind in Apulia in the past years. Due to favorable wind conditions, Apulia is one of the leading wind energy areas in Italy. “This order is of importance for the further development of renewable energy in the region. Moreover, the project creates new jobs in a region which has to deal with a high unemployment rate”, says Seeber.
These projects demonstrate Leitwind’s continued commitment to the Italian energy market. This past autumn 2012, the OEM added an additional 5 LTW77, 1.5-MW turbines to its existing six wind turbines wind farm in Tuscany. Due to the ideal wind conditions at the site, the 11, LTW77 wind turbines, with total rated power of 16.5 MW, are efficiently producing clean energy there.
The Leitwind partnership involves support in all fields, from the first contact with authorities up to completing and placing the system into operation and finally developing a tailored maintenance program. In just five years, Leitwind has installed over 250 units worldwide.