Wind energy plants in Canada to use Vestas wind turbines

Vestas receives 178 MW order for two Canadian wind energy projects. Vestas has received a 178 MW order for 99 V90-1.8 MW wind turbines for two wind power projects in Canada. The contracts include delivery and commissioning along with five-year service and maintenance agreements. Delivery for both projects is scheduled for the second half of 2012 and commissioning expected by late 2012.

The projects will be built under Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices under long-term contracts from renewable-energy sources such as wind. The projects’ names and specific locations will be disclosed at a later date.

“We look forward to bringing more clean energy to the grid,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology, Inc. “These projects will provide construction and maintenance jobs in Ontario and even more clean energy to the region. The V90-1.8 MW, which is designed for areas with medium wind speeds, will provide enough electricity to power 60,000 Ontario homes.”

Since 1997, Vestas has supplied more than 1,000 wind turbines in all 10 Canadian provinces, equating to 1,710 MW of installed wind capacity. This provides enough electricity to power more than 500,000 Canadian homes. Vestas, which has a sales office in Toronto, had its first wind turbine installed in the Ontario market in 2001. In 2011, Vestas has sold 431 MW in Canada.

Vestas is the world leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 44,000 wind turbines in 66 countries. Vestas sold its first wind turbine to North America in 1981 and since then has provided more than 12,000 turbines to the United States and Canada. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Portland, Ore., and global headquarters is located in Randers, Denmark.

By José Santamarta,