Vestas receives 58 MW wind energy order in Idaho

Vestas has received a 57.6 MW wind power order for 32 V100-1.8 MW wind turbines for the Horse Butte Wind farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) will develop the wind farm and will purchase all of the energy from the project for its participating members.

The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with up to a six-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2010 and commissioning is expected in the second half of 2011. In addition to the 57.6 MW order, wind turbines may be added to bring the total project size to 99 MW.

“We are very excited to sell our first V100-1.8 MW wind turbine in the United States,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “We also are supplying wind turbines for the first time to Idaho, which has strong wind resources and has great potential to be a high-growth state for wind power.”

The wind energy project will provide clean energy primarily to communities in Utah, as well as in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and California.

“This is an exciting day for UAMPS,” said Doug Hunter, UAMPS’ general manager. “Our members take their responsibility of planning for the long-term energy needs of their cities and towns very seriously. Adding an additional wind resource to our power supply portfolio is a smart choice that gives our members more options, so they can continue to provide the cleanest, most reliable and affordable electricity possible to their communities.”

UAMPS was established in 1980 under the Utah Interlocal Cooperation Act, and is a political subdivision of the State of Utah. UAMPS plans, finances, develops, acquires, constructs, operates and maintains various projects for the generation, supply, transmission and management of electricity for the benefit of its members.