Vestas has received an order for wind turbine equipment corresponding to 60 MW from affiliates of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) to be used for wind-energy projects in the US. Vestas could ultimately supply RES Americas up to 610 MW overall.
Each project will use the V100-2.0 MW turbine. Deliveries and commissioning for the projects are expected to occur in 2014 and 2015. The new projects’ names and specific locations are not available for disclosure at this time.
“Transactions like this underscore the value delivered by the Production Tax Credit and the importance of extending it beyond its current expiration at the end of 2013,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “Our U.S. manufacturing facilities will produce blades, nacelles and towers for these projects which will help keep our factory workers busy. Vestas has a strong partnership with RES Americas and we appreciate their confidence in our products and services.”
The projects will feature Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program which guarantees turbine availability. This service option includes the VestasOnline surveillance system to remotely control and monitor the turbines as well as predict potential maintenance issues. This lets Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines are operational for the maximum amount of time.
“We are very pleased to have finalized this agreement with Vestas,” said Susan Reilly, President and CEO of RES Americas. “This is a great example of how the ‘start-of-construction’ language in the current production tax credit for wind energy is generating increased spending and creating U.S. manufacturing jobs. This purchase, which we expect to increase as these projects move forward, would not have occurred but for the decision Congress made to qualify any project that starts this year.”
Vestas previously worked with RES to supply 139 V90-1.8 MW turbines for the Cedar Point wind-energy project near Limon, Colo. The project became operational in 2011 and was the first commercial-scale wind power plant in the state to use Vestas turbines made in Colorado. In the past year, it has achieved over 98 percent availability.
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