Vestas has received a 184-MW turbine order from Xcel Energy for the Blazing Star Wind Project in Minnesota. The contract is for Vestas’ V120-2.2 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.0 operating mode.
The 200-MW Blazing Star Wind Project is part of Xcel Energy’s proposed multi-state wind expansion to add 3,680 MW of new wind generation to its system, across 12 projects located in seven states throughout its territory. This expansion will increase Xcel Energy’s wind capacity to more than 10,000 MW by the end of 2021.
The full project size includes previously purchased 2-MW Vestas’ PTC components.
“By investing in low-cost wind energy, we provide the benefits of clean, affordable energy to our customers while creating jobs and value for the local economy”, said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “These projects will help keep energy costs low while contributing to our vision of achieving 85% carbon-free energy by 2030 in the Upper Midwest”.
The V120-2.2 MW is the latest extension to Vestas’ trusted 2-MW platform, and is built on the more than 40 GW of 2-MW turbines installed globally.
“We are pleased to expand our portfolio with Xcel Energy as part of their ambitious wind expansion”, said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “The V120-2.2 MW is an increasingly important part of our North American fleet of customizable, flexible products that unlock previously untouched wind resources.”
The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 10-year service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance for the lifetime of the project. Turbine delivery will begin in the third quarter of 2019.
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