“We look forward to partnering again with E.ON, a leading global wind power developer and operator, to build another wind energy project in 2012,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. “We already employ about 150 people in Texas in running wind power plants and technology research. As a result of this project, we expect to create a number of additional full-time service and maintenance positions in 2012.”
The Anacacho wind farm contract includes Vestas’ Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program. The AOM 4000 program guarantees turbine availability and includes all planned and unplanned maintenance services. AOM 4000 also includes continuous remote monitoring and surveillance of the project via the VestasOnline® SCADA system.
The Anacacho wind farm plant will provide enough electricity to power 30,000 Texas homes. Texas has the most installed wind power in the United States and receives nearly 8 per cent of its electricity from wind turbines, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
E.ON is a leading renewable energy company headquartered in Chicago with development offices in Austin and Denver. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America is a subsidiary of E.ON AG, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and the largest investor-owned utility in the world.
This order marks Vestas’ eighth North American deal announced in 2011, totaling 1,140 MW. Vestas is the world leader in supplying high-tech wind power systems, and a preferred provider of wind turbines, services and solutions in North America. Since 1979, Vestas has an industry-leading installed base of more than 44,000 wind turbines in 66 countries.
Vestas, which employs more than 3,000 people in the United States, sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 12,000 in North America. Vestas’ North American manufacturing operations are located in Colorado while its technology research centers are in Texas, Massachusetts and Colorado. Vestas’ North American headquarters is located in Portland, Ore., while its global headquarters is in Randers, Denmark.