Vestas has received an order for 62 V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 150 MW Border Winds Project in North Dakota. The initial 26 MW were announced in connection with signing the master supply agreement (MSA) in September 2013.
The order is a call-off on the master supply agreement (MSA) announced in September 2013 for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totaled 610 MW. With today’s order, Vestas has secured 184 MW directly with RES Americas or their affiliates under this MSA. Vestas has realized 444 MW of the MSA’s total potential of 610 MW, either through orders directly from RES Americas or from other parties who purchased the RES Americas projects prior to placing a firm and unconditional order with Vestas (see note below).
The Border Winds Project will utilize the V100-2.0 MW turbine, which was launched to the market in 2013 and features an improved drive train and generates approximately 13 per cent more annual energy production (AEP) than the V90-1.8 MW at medium wind speeds. In addition the order includes a three-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement. AOM 5000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing.
“The announcement of the Border Winds Project is another demonstration of the strong relationship between Vestas and RES Americas,” says Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. He continues: “Vestas and RES Americas have previously worked together on several projects over the last year, including the 150 MW Origin Wind Project now owned by Enel Green Power, and the 110 MW Keechi Wind Project, now owned by Enbridge, which are being built in 2014 and 2015.”
“RES Americas is committed to providing competitively priced sources of carbon-free electricity from projects such as Border Winds” said Rob Morgan, Chief Development Officer of RES Americas. “The cutting-edge technology developed by leading companies like Vestas is essential to the wind industry’s ability to continue driving down costs while increasing clean energy production, and significantly reducing carbon emissions from our nation’s energy sector.”
About the Border Winds Project
The Border Winds Project will have an annual energy production of approximately 643,000 MWh per year, which will avoid the emission of 320,000 tons of CO2 on an annual basis. The project will provide clean energy for the electricity consumption of approximately 141,000 people in the U.S.
Delivery of the Border Winds Project is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2015 with commissioning expected in the fourth quarter of the same year. Vestas’ factories in Colorado are expected to be involved in the manufacturing of the nacelles, blades and towers.
Following commissioning, ownership of the Border Winds Project will be transferred from RES Americas to Xcel Energy.
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