With reference to the Vestas Wind Systems A/S company announcement No. 39/2013 of 20 September 2013, Vestas has received an order for wind turbine equipment corresponding to 60 MW from affiliates of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) to be used for wind-energy projects in the USA. Vestas could ultimately supply RES Americas up to 610 MW overall.
Each project will use the V100-2.0 MW turbine. Deliveries and commissioning for the projects are expected to occur in 2014 and 2015. The new projects’ names and specific locations are not available for disclosure at this time.
“Transactions like this underscore the value delivered by the Production Tax Credit and the importance of extending it beyond its current expiration at the end of 2013,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “Our U.S. manufacturing facilities will produce blades, nacelles and towers for these projects which will help keep our factory workers busy. Vestas has a strong partnership with RES Americas and we appreciate their confidence in our products and services.”
The projects will feature Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program which guarantees turbine availability. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system to remotely control and monitor the turbines as well as predict potential maintenance issues. This allows Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines are operational for the maximum amount of time.
“We are very pleased to have finalized this agreement with Vestas,” said Susan Reilly, President and CEO of RES Americas. “This is a great example of how the ‘start-of-construction’ language in the current production tax credit for wind energy is generating increased spending and creating U.S. manufacturing jobs. This purchase, which we expect to increase as these projects move forward, would not have occurred but for the decision Congress made to qualify any project that starts this year.”
Vestas previously worked with RES to supply 139 V90-1.8 MW turbines for the Cedar Point wind-energy project near Limon, Colo. The project became operational in 2011 and was the first commercial-scale wind power plant in the state to use Vestas turbines made in Colorado. In the past year, it has achieved over 98 percent availability.
RES Americas, based in Broomfield, Colo., has been active in North America since 1997. RES Americas has a renewable energy construction portfolio that exceeds 6,500 MW and includes 534 miles of overhead and transmission lines. Its parent company RES Ltd., is headquartered in the U.K. and was founded in 1982. The RES Group of companies has constructed more than 100 wind projects with a total capacity of more than 8,000 MW around the world.
Since 1979, Vestas has supplied about 50,000 wind turbines and over 57 GW in 73 countries – 62 percent 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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