Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has gained an order for 67 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines for the US. The order was placed by Horizon Wind Energy, a fully-owned subsidiary of Energias de Portugal, a major electricity company and one of the world's largest generators of electricity from renewable energy sources.
The order comprises supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 5-year service and maintenance agreement. The turbines will be installed at the Meridian Way Wind Farm located in Kansas. Delivery to the Sunflower State facility is scheduled to commence in mid-2008, with commissioning later in the year.
Jens Søby, president of Vestas Americas says: "At both state and federal levels, we are seeing growing concern over energy security and climate change, leading to increased interest in wind power as a clean, reliable and competitive way of generating electricity. Vestas and Horizon are both leaders in their fields, working to expand the use of wind power in the USA. With this V90-3.0 MW order, we are taking another important step towards achieving this objective."
Vestas Wind Systems is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs over 13,500 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 33,500 wind turbines in 63 countries and five continents, and is installing a new turbine every five hours. Vestas has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia and is constructing a turbine blade factory in Colorado, USA. In 2006, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 28.7 bn (USD 5.1 bn).