Vestas receives 59-MW order for Michigan wind-power project from Exelon Wind; project will power 18,000 homes; commissioning expected in late 2012
November 22, 2011
– Vestas has received a 59 MW order from Exelon Wind for 33 V100-1.8 MW turbines for the Harvest II Wind Project in Huron County, Mich.
The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with a 10-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2012, and commissioning is expected in late 2012.
“We are very pleased to be working with Exelon Wind to bring more clean energy to Michigan,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. “The V100-1.8 MW is well-designed for the wind speeds of this area.”
The contract includes Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program. The AOM 4000 program guarantees turbine availability and includes all planned and unplanned maintenance services. AOM 4000 also includes continuous remote monitoring and surveillance of the project via the VestasOnline® SCADA system.
The Harvest II Wind Project will provide enough electricity to power nearly 18,000 Michigan homes. The Harvest I Wind Project — the first utility-scale wind power plant in Michigan — was commissioned in 2008 and includes 32 Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbines.
All the blades, towers and nacelles for this project will be built at Vestas’ manufacturing facilities in Colorado.
Exelon Wind also owns the Michigan Wind 2 Project, which is under construction and will include 50 V100-1.8 MW turbines. Michigan Wind 2 is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
This order is Vestas’ 12th North American order announcement in 2011. Combined, Vestas has secured orders totaling 1,617 MW for the year in the United States and Canada. It’s also the 11th contract secured for a project using V100-1.8 MW turbines in North America since 2010.
Vestas is the world leader in supplying high-tech wind power systems, and a preferred provider of wind turbines, services and solutions in North America. Since 1979, Vestas has an industry-leading installed base of more than 44,000 wind turbines in 67 countries. Vestas, which employs more than 3,000 people in the United States, sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 12,000 in North America. Vestas’ North American manufacturing operations are located in Colorado while its technology research centers are in Texas, Massachusetts and Colorado. Vestas’ North American headquarters is located in Portland, Ore., while its global headquarters is in Aarhus, Denmark.