Vestas-built California wind farm switches on
Vestas built and will maintain the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's 55-turbine wind farm.
Phase three of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's wind power plant near Rio Vista, Calif., which includes 55 wind turbines, has started to produce power.
Vestas Americas of Portland built the more than $200 million phase 3, which added 128 megawatts and boosted the wind farm’s production capacity to 230 megawatts, enough to power about 79,000 homes.
The new turbines alone will produce enough renewable power to serve 44,000 homes, according to the utility.
The project includes a dozen 3-megawatt turbines, which work best in high winds, and 31 1.8-megawatt turbines, which work better in lower wind conditions.
SMUD has operated a wind power plant in the Rio Vista area since 1994. The entire project is on 5,400 acres of SMUD-owned property in the Collinsville-Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area in Solano County.
Vestas Americas, a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark, will also operate the third-phase wind turbines.
The contract for engineering, procurement and construction was valued at $203 million. A second contract for operations and maintenance over a period of 15 years was not to exceed $67 million.
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