With reference to the Vestas Wind Systems A/S company announcement No. 38/2013 of 13 September 2013, Vestas has secured an 80-MW order out of a master supply agreement with EDF Renewable Energy for multiple wind-energy projects in the USA. Vestas could ultimately supply EDF Renewable Energy up to 750 MW overall.
Deliveries and commissioning for the projects, which will use the V100-2.0 MW turbine, are expected to occur in 2014 and 2015. The new projects’ names and specific locations are not available for disclosure at this time.
“We’re happy to build on our strong relationship with a leading global developer like EDF EN,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “We look forward to working with them to complete these projects that will provide clean and affordable electricity to U.S. households.”
Vestas’ factories in Colorado will be involved in manufacturing blades, nacelles and towers for these projects.
Earlier this year, Vestas secured a contract with EDF EN Canada, along with Enbridge, to deliver 166 V100-1.8 MW turbines for the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project in Alberta, Canada.
“This agreement builds on the long-standing relationship between our two companies in Europe as well as recent collaboration in North America through the Blackspring Ridge project in Alberta,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “With the MSA in place, EDF Renewable Energy is well positioned to progress key U.S. wind projects that will support near-term domestic manufacturing and construction jobs, and provide competitively priced, clean energy for our nation’s long-term energy security.”
Each project will feature a multi-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement for up to six years. AOM 5000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential wear-and-tear issues. This allows Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines operate with the minimum amount of lost production.
Since 1979, Vestas has supplied about 50,000 wind turbines and over 57 GW in 73 countries — 62 per cent more than its closest competitor. Vestas entered the U.S. market in 1981, selling its first wind turbine for a project in California. Since then, the company has delivered 12,396 turbines to the United States and 1,419 to Canada. Combined, Vestas’ installed capacity is 13,387 MW in 28 U.S. states and every Canadian province — enough to power about four million households. Vestas employs about 2,500 people throughout the United States and Canada at four manufacturing facilities in Colorado, service and construction sites, and sales offices. Vestas’ U.S. and Canadian sales and service headquarters is in Portland, Ore., and its global headquarters is in Aarhus, Denmark. To learn more, visit www.vestas.com.
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