Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has announced in a press release that it has received an order for 44 wind turbines for the USA. Although the press release gave no further details, financial daily newspaper Børsen reports Vestas confirming to the media that the wind turbines are destined for TransCanada's Kibby project in US state of Maine.
According to Canadian media, the order is for Vestas' 3 MW turbines. The order comprises the supply and commissioning of the turbines and a 5 year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to begin in H1 2009 with commissioning planned for H2 2010.
Jens Søby, president of Vestas Americas, says in the press release: “The USA boasts excellent wind resources, and Vestas is pleased to be playing an active role in the utilisation of its wind potential. Not only will the 44 wind turbines be a source of clean and renewable energy, they will also contribute to the creation of new local jobs.”
According to Vestas, over 5,200 MW of new wind generating capacity was installed in the USA in 2007, a rise of 45% on the previous year. And according to the American Wind Energy Association, 1,400 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in Q1 2008.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 15,305 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,000 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. In 2007, Vestas generated revenues of EUR 4.9bn and profit after tax totalled EUR 291m. The company has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia and USA, and has recently announced that it is establishing an R&D facility in Houston, Texas and a turbine tower factory in Colorado.