Nordex USA, Inc. and Akuo Energy announced plans for construction of a new wind farm in the Florida district of southern Uruguay, about 100 km (65 miles) from the capital city of Montevideo. The project will feature 21 Nordex N117/2400 2.4 MW wind turbines on 91 meter towers. Nordex, a leading global manufacturer of utility scale wind turbines, will be responsible for delivery, installation and commissioning, and for ongoing maintenance for a minimum of 10 years under a Premium Service Contract.
The two companies have collaborated in the past on successful projects in France. Ralf Sigrist, President & CEO of Nordex USA, Inc., commented, “It is especially rewarding to extend our existing relationship with Akuo to a new country and a new continent. We are excited by the opportunities that Uruguay can offer as it fulfills its commitments to a renewable energy future. We know that our N117/2400, which is specifically designed for high yield in light wind regimes, will help to maximize the potential. The resulting net capacity factor for this site confirms how well-suited this turbine is for the prevailing conditions.”
The electricity produced by the project, enough to power 73,000 homes, will be deployed by Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE), Uruguay’s state power company, under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Akuo Energy.
Juan Negro, CEO of Akuo Energy Uruguay noted, “This is an exciting time for Uruguay. We are happy to play a role as the country moves forward with its plans to diversify its energy matrix and incorporate wind energy as its primary source of renewable energy. We know from our past experiences with Nordex that our two companies together will deliver the quality and performance that UTE and the people of Uruguay demand. We’re pleased to be leading with the introduction of the Nordex N117/2400 in Latin America.”
This project has already been considered in Nordex’ order intake in December 2012.