The 45 MW wind farm in Power County – Nordex’ first wind power project in Idaho – will use 18 of Nordex’ N100 2.5 MW wind turbines, and the contract includes delivery, installation, commissioning and testing of the turbines along with a maintenance and service agreement. This is CG’s first project as a developer and investor into a wind project in the United States, extending its activities beyond its widely recognized role as a substation, transmission engineering and EPC contractor. CG has completed grid interconnection for nearly 25% of all wind power installed in the USA.
“We are especially pleased that CG Power selected our turbines for this wind project,” said Ralf Sigrist, President & CEO of Nordex USA. “They bring their unique expertise and reputation as one of the top companies worldwide in transmission infrastructure to this project. We also look forward to possible future collaboration for mutual benefit and for the benefit of our customers and operators.”
This is the third order Nordex has received since the dedication of its new nacelle production plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the end of October. The fact that the turbines will be supplied from this facility is a key attraction for CG Power Solutions, which is committed to maximizing domestic content. Mark Scher, President of CG Power Solutions USA Inc, commented, “We have been very impressed by the Nordex manufacturing facilities and their commitment to quality at every step. We are eager to get started utilizing this utility scale turbine, which offers a unique fit for this Idaho project.”
The Power County project is construction-ready, and delivery of turbines will begin in mid-May with construction scheduled to be completed by September 2011. The site is in southeast Idaho, approximately 10 miles south of American Falls and approximately 20 miles southwest of Pocatello.
As a technological leader among suppliers of megawatt wind turbines, Nordex benefits particularly from the global trend towards large-scale wind turbines. The product range includes one of the largest series wind power systems in the world (N80/N90/N100, 2,500 kW) with more 1,500 of these wind turbines having been produced to date. This means that Nordex has a crucial edge in terms of experience in operating large turbines compared to most of its competitors in the sector. Overall, Nordex has installed a more than 4,400 wind turbines with a capacity in excess of 6,500 MW around the world. With exports accounting for over 95 percent of its business, Nordex also has a strong position in international high-growth regions. The company has offices and subsidiaries in 19 countries. In total, the Group employs more than 2,500 people worldwide.
CG Power Solutions (formerly MSE Power Systems Inc.) has propelled its growth since the acquisition, now employing 190 professionals in nine offices across North America. The company provides electrical infrastructure engineering and full turnkey EPC services to the utility, industrial, and renewable power generation markets. CG Power Solutions is responsible for the integration of nearly 25% of current U.S. wind power into the transmission grid. With its subsidiary CG Automation, CG Power Solutions is strategically positioned to offer comprehensive smart grid solutions to both the utility and renewable energy markets.