The contract includes delivery and commissioning of the wind turbines along with a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for late summer 2011 and commissioning is expected by the end of next year.
“The V90-1.8 MW wind turbine is specifically designed to provide maximum power output at sites with medium wind speeds,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “Minnesota is one of the leading states for wind power, and we are excited to help create more clean, reliable energy here. This project also will result in construction jobs and long-term local maintenance positions to be hired by Vestas.”
Formed in 1992, MMPA supplies electric power to its 11-member communities, all of which are located in Minnesota. MMPA is committed to renewable power production. Employee-owned Avant Energy has provided energy management services to public power utilities, universities, and large energy users for more than 20 years.
This is Vestas’ 12th North American deal announced in 2010, totaling 1,655 MW among four wind turbine types. Six Vestas customers have ordered V90-1.8 MW wind turbines this year for wind farm projects in the United States and Canada.
Vestas is the world leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 41,000 wind turbines in 65 countries. Vestas sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 11,000 wind turbines to the United States and Canada.
The company’s North American manufacturing operations are based in Colorado. This includes a blade factory in Windsor, a nacelle factory in Brighton and a tower factory — the world’s largest — in Pueblo. Vestas has research and development offices in Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Colorado. Vestas’ global headquarters is in Randers, Denmark.