Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has won yet another order from the lucrative US wind energy market. This time it is for Phase 2 of the Solano wind project in Rio Vista, California. The 63 MW order, consisting of 21 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines, has been placed by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in California, the 6th largest municipal utility in the US and a long-time customer of Vestas.
Vestas will supply, install and commission the wind turbines on a turnkey contract basis, as well as providing maintenance and service for a five year period. Shipment of the first turbines will begin in Q4 2007, and commissioning is slated for Q2 2008.
Jens Søby, president of Vestas Americas comments: "The 3.0 MW programme is an important part of the continued growth of Vestas in the North American market in the coming years, and this order shows SMUD’s confidence in the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine.”
Vestas Wind Systems is the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer. The concern is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 11,200 people worldwide. Vestas has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2005, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 26.7 bn (USD 4.3 bn), and sold wind turbines with a total power of 3,185 MW worldwide. The news was reported on Vestas' website.