Vestas wins largest wind turbine order for Alta wind project

Vestas Wind Systems Americas has won a contract to supply 570 megawatts worth of wind turbines to Terra-Gen Power L.L.C.’s Alta Wind Energy Center in California – their largest order for a single site to date.

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer will supply 190 units of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbine to the wind energy center near Tehachapi. The Alta project is slated to be one of the largest wind energy developments in the United States, with plans to bring 3,000 MW worth of wind energy online through a roster of wind energy facilities.

Aside from supplying the wind turbines, Vestas will also commission the units and administer service and maintenance for five years.

The first 50 wind turbines will be commissioned by the end of the year, while the remaining 140 turbines will be brought online in the first half of 2011.

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“When completed, it will be the largest wind farm we will have supplied turbines to in our 31-year history as well as the biggest in California,” says Martha Wyrsch, president of Vestas Americas.
Its parent company, Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems A/S (OMX:
), delivered its first wind turbine to North America in 1981 and has supplied more than 11,000 turbines ever since.

Terra-Gen received bank financing, bond issues and the sale leaseback financing for the Alta project – the largest financing for a North American wind energy project. In March, the company closed a $394 million construction financing for the Alta Wind 1 project, the first of the five wind energy facilities under the Alta project.

Recently, Terra-Gen also collected $1.2 billion to fund the remaining four wind projects, which will have a total generating capacity of 570 MW.

The Alta Wind Energy Center will be able to power approximately 275,000 Californian homes and offset about 5.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 28 million pounds of sulfur dioxide and 13.2 million pounds of nitrogen oxide annually.

Southern California Edison already signed a power purchase agreement with Terra-Gen for 1,550 MW of the energy generated from the Alta project. The utility will then distribute the power across Southern California through its Tehachapi renewable transmission project.

“The project represents an important expansion to the renewable generating base of California and helps us advance our nation’s goals of achieving energy independence in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Jim Pagano, chief executive of Terra-Gen Power.



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