Vestas lands order for Vermont wind farm
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Vestas received an order for 21 turbines using its newest wind turbine technology.
Vestas received an order for 21 turbines using its newest wind turbine technology for a wind farm in Lowell, Vermont.
Green Mountain Power ordered the turbines, which will generate 65 megawatts of power. The contract includes a 15-year service and maintenance agreement.
It's Vestas' first North American order for its V112-3.0-megawatt turbines, which is designed for high productivity.
"It’s designed for improved rotor efficiency, reliability and serviceability. We look forward to working with our new customer, Green Mountain Power, to install the first Vestas turbines in Vermont," said Martha Wyrsch, the Portland-based president of Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc., in a press release.
The order will become the first manufacturing project for Vestas’ blade factory in Brighton, Colo., which will focus on building 55-meter blades for the turbines. Vestas’ newest manufacturing facility is expected to begin blade production in late 2011. Vestas has three other Colorado factories — a facility in Windsor that produces 44- and 49-meter blades, a tower factory in Pueblo and a nacelle-assembly factory in Brighton.
This order is in addition to the 1 gigawatt worth of announced sales of the V112-3.0 MW worldwide since Vestas released the product for sale in 2010.
Once finished, the Kingdom Community Wind project will provide enough electricity to power more than 24,000 Vermont homes. It also will create jobs in construction and turbine maintenance.
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