Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines, has announced that it has received an order from Milwaukee-based We Energies for 81 V90*-1.8 MW wind turbines for the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Wisconsin, USA.
According to a Vestas statement, the turbines will be delivered in early 2011 and commissioning of the 145 MW project is expected by the end of 2011. The order also includes a two-year service and maintenance agreement.
This is not the first time Vestas has partnered with We Energies. In 1999, Vestas supplied the utility its first wind turbines in Byron, Wisconsin, and in 2007, Vestas delivered 88 V82-1.65 MW turbines for the Blue Sky Green Field project that went online in 2008.
“Our experience with the Vestas V82 turbine at our Blue Sky Green Field project has surpassed projections,” says Rick Kuester, executive VP of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the parent company of We Energies. “The Vestas V90-1.8 delivers the lowest overall cost for customers and is a good fit with the wind resource at the site.”
Vestas is currently headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs over 20,000 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 40,000 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and according to its website has a 20%** share of the world market.
In the US, Vestas has four manufacturing facilities, all in the state of Colorado: a blade factory in Windsor, a nacelle assembly plant and a second blade factory in Brighton, and a turbine tower factory in Pueblo. The company also has a research centre in Houston, Texas.
*Readers may like to know that the Vestas code designation gives a handy guide to size: the number following the V is the diameter of the rotor in metres. So a V90 has a rotor diameter of 90 metres (295 feet) – Ed.
**recently published figures from Make Consulting reported in our news on 23 March put the figure at 14% – Ed.
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