SunEdison, Inc. has placed two firm and unconditional orders with Vestas totaling 429 MW for wind farm projects in the United States. Vestas will supply 83 V117-3.3 MW turbines (274 MW) for a wind power plant in Texas, as well as 47 V112-3.3 MW turbines (155 MW) to power the Bingham wind power plant in Somerset County, Maine.
The total capacity of the Texas project, including equipment previously purchased from Vestas, will be 300 MW. With an installation and commissioning expected in 2015, the Texas installation will be the largest V117-3.3 MW project in the world.
The Texas order is a call-off from the Master Supply Agreement announced between Vestas and SunEdison in December 2014 for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totals approximately 600 MW. With today’s order, Vestas has announced contracts against that agreement representing 334 MW. Likewise, the Maine order is a call-off from a similar Master Supply Agreement agreed upon in December 2013 between Vestas and First Wind, which SunEdison acquired this year. This MSA for multiple U.S. projects has a potential totaling up to 718 MW. With the Maine order, Vestas has announced orders against that agreement representing 453 MW.
To date, Vestas has secured more than 9 GW of orders for the 3 MW turbine platform globally.
Both projects include supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement designed to maximize energy production.
“We’re pleased to move forward with this project and to further our relationship with Vestas,” Paul Gaynor, SunEdison’s executive vice president for Europe, Americas, and MENA said regarding the Texas order. “We look forward to installing Vestas’ V117-3.3 MW turbines in Texas. The Vestas turbines we have at other projects around the country have performed well and we expect this project to enjoy similar success.”
“Our 3 MW turbine platform is proving its versatility across a variety of North American wind regimes, and we are starting to see much broader deployment across the wind belt,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada. “This project will be its first deployment in the important Texas market, where the combination of a robust design, outstanding grid support, and a large rotor make this turbine the best choice to minimize the cost of energy throughout the life of the project. We’re very happy to add this latest agreement to our growing strategic relationship with SunEdison.”
108 MW supply order received for U.S. project
Vestas has also entered an agreement to supply turbines totaling 108 MW for a project in the U.S. Vestas will provide 54 of its V110-2.0 MW model wind turbines for the project. The customer, project name, and location were not disclosed at the request of the customer. Turbine delivery is expected for the third quarter of 2016, with commissioning set for the following quarter. The contract includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a five-year customized Active Output Management service agreement.
— Source: Vestas