Vestas begins manufacturing turbines for EDP Renováveis
Vestas announced Aug. 22 it will manufacture and supply its first V110-2.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbines to Spanish company EDP Renováveis (EDPR), which plans to build combined 400 MW of wind-energy projects in the United States.
The projects are part of a master supply agreement – set to deploy 1,500 MW of wind power plants in North America, South America and Europe – that was originally announced more than three years ago.
The V110-2.0 MW turbines are scheduled to be delivered and commissioned over the next two years. Vestas’ factories in Colorado factories will manufacture the blades, towers and nacelles for the projects. Also last week, Vestas announced it was no longer interested in closing its manufacturing plant in Pueblo, CO, where steel towers are built to hold wind turbines upright.
The new projects’ names and specific locations were not yet disclosed.
Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ U.S. and Canadian sales and service division, said the new V110-2.0 MW turbine, a variant of the V100-1.8 MW turbine, can provide more than 13 percent higher annual energy production than its predecessor.
Vestas said EDPR selected the V110-2.0 MW because of its competitive price. Based in Madrid, the Spanish company has worked with Vestas on a variety of wind power projects around the world over the past decade.
Vestas currently boasts more than 57 gigawatts of installed capacity worldwide – which 62 percent more capacity installed than its closest competitor, GE Energy. Its U.S. and Canadian sales and service headquarters are a LEED Platinum facility in Portland, OR, and its global headquarters are in Aarhus, Denmark. The company also maintains a research center in Houston.
The EDPR projects include five-year service agreements with Vestas' Active Output Management 5000 offering, a guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing, as well as the VestasOnline surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential wear-and-tear issues.