Vestas gets order for Texas wind farm

Vestas will deliver 55 turbines and a maintenance contract for a West Texas wind farm.

Vestas will deliver 55 turbines and a maintenance contract for a West Texas wind farm.

Vestas announced Thursday it received an order for 55 turbines that will power a wind-energy project in southwest Texas.

The order for 55 of Vestas' V100-1.8 MW turbines will generate 99 megawatts of energy for E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, developer of the Anacacho wind farm near Uvalde, Texas.

"We already employ about 150 people in Texas in running wind power plants and technology research," said Martha Wyrsch, president of Portland-based Vestas-American Wind Technology, the Danish company's North American subsidiary, in a press release "As a result of this project, we expect to create a number of additional full-time service and maintenance positions in 2012."

The E.ON order includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2012, and the turbines should be running by late 2012.

Vestas’ three manufacturing facilities in Colorado will build all the blades, nacelles and towers for this project.

E.ON is a leading renewable energy company headquartered in Chicago with development offices in Austin and Denver.

Thursday's order marks Vestas’ eighth North American deal announced in 2011. Last week, Vestas announced an order for 21 turbines destined for a Vermont wind farm.

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