“We look forward to working with Ridgeline on its Rockland wind energy project,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “Ridgeline is a highly respected and experienced developer of commercial-scale wind power projects and we are delighted to serve them as one of our new customers.”
The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with a 10-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2011 and commissioning is expected in late 2011.
“They will receive high-quality turbines that are suited for low- and medium-wind speed areas,” Wyrsch said. “This project will provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the American Falls community in terms of long-term jobs and property-tax revenues generated from the turbines.”
This is Vestas’ second announced order this year for a wind-power project in Idaho.
“We are proud and excited to be working with Vestas to make the Rockland project a success for the community, the participating landowners and our company,” said Pierre Rellet, Executive Chairman of Ridgeline Energy. “We chose Vestas because their V100 design is well-suited to our Rockland project and because Vestas has a long-standing record of success in commissioning wind farms in the US.”
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Ridgeline Energy, LLC, focuses on developing utility-scale renewable energy projects in the United States that meet customer needs and provide significant benefits to host communities and landowners. Ridgeline is part of Veolia Environment, the world’s largest environmental services company providing tailored solutions in energy management, water management, waste services, and freight and passenger transportation.
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 to North America in 1981 and has since supplied more than 11,000 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.