Vestas Receives First Order from Xcel Energy for 200-MW Project in North Dakota


Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the U.S. for 100 V100-2.0 MW turbines to power the Courtenay wind power plant in Stutsman County, North Dakota.

The order, placed by Xcel Energy Inc., includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a 3-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement, which delivers full-scope service to maximize turbine availability. Installation and commissioning of the turbines is expected in 2016.

The Courtenay project was originally developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy and purchased by Xcel Energy in April 2015.

“We’ve been the nation’s No. 1 utility wind provider for 11 consecutive years, and we are pleased to partner with Vestas,” said Kent Larson, Xcel Energy’s executive vice president and group president of operations. “When complete, the Courtenay Wind Farm project will boast 100 Vestas turbines. This will generate enough electricity for about 105,000 homes, making use of North Dakota’s abundant renewable resource.”

“Xcel Energy is a national leader in wind power,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada. “We welcome them as a new Vestas customer and are confident our highly proven V100-2.0 MW turbine will ensure Xcel delivers clean, reliable power to their customers at a competitive cost.” 

— Source: Vestas