The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with a 10-year wind turbine service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for early 2011 and commissioning is expected in mid-2011.
“The V100-1.8 MW wind turbine is an ideal turbine for low- and medium-wind speeds and will provide clean energy for thousands of homes for many years,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “We look forward to serving Element Power as one of our new customers.”
Element Power has an option to purchase an additional 27 V100-1.8 MW wind turbines for the second phase of the project, which is targeted to proceed as early as next year.
“Element Power is very pleased to build our first North American wind power project and believe the V100-1.8 MW Vestas wind turbines will provide reliable and affordable renewable energy for Tucson Electric Power’s customers,” said Ty Daul, CEO of Element Power’s North American business.
“The V100 machine provides an ideal solution to maximize energy output at this site, and Vestas worked hard with us to ensure optimal efficiency from the start and is committed to help with those efforts during the 10-year service and maintenance agreement.”
Element Power develops, acquires, builds, and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects globally. Owned by Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a leading global private equity firm that invests in renewable power, alternative fuels, energy efficiency and storage, Element Power is pursuing wind farm projects in the European, North American, and South American energy markets. Element Power’s principal offices are located in London, Madrid, and Portland, Oregon.
This order marks Vestas’ 14th North American deal announced in 2010, totaling 1,784 MW among four turbine types. Five Vestas customers have ordered V100-1.8 MW turbines in the last six months for 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.