Vestas gets 34-turbine order for California wind farm
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
The Vestas turbines ordered for the Tehachapi, Calif., wind farm are alraedy in use in Solano, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.)
After a disappointing first-quarter earnings report released earlier in the week, Vestas announced Friday it received an order for 34 of its V90-3.0 megawatt turbines for a wind project in Tehachapi, Calif.
Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for the second half of the year with commissioning expected before the calendar flips to 2012.
The turbines are destined for a wind farm in Kern County, Calif., owned by Brookfield Renewable Power and Coram California Development Management LLC. The contract includes a two-year service and maintenance agreement.
Vestas does not release the dollar value of the purchases, but the California sale is smaller than the 58-turbine order that Portland-based Vestas Americas, the North American subsidiary of the Danish Vestas wind company, announced last month.
The Tehachapi wind farm order, with generation capacity of 102 megawatts, will bring Vestas-powered wind capacity in California to 1,255 MW, enough to power about 314,000 homes.
Brookfield recently began construction of the Granite Reliable Wind Project in New Hampshire, which is using 33 V90-3.0 MW turbines from Vestas. The trubines are designed to operate in medium to high winds.
Vestas reeled in 15 North American orders in 2010.
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