Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2012, and commissioning is expected in the second half of 2012.
“We are extremely pleased to provide turbines for the largest supplier of renewable energy in Michigan,” said Martha Wyrsch, president of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. “Consumers Energy is an outstanding utility with a stellar reputation for delivering power to residents in this great state.”
The Lake Winds Energy Park can provide enough electricity to power 30,000 Michigan homes.
This is the second commercial-scale wind power plant in Michigan to use Vestas turbines. The first, Harvest Wind, was built in 2007 and includes 32 V82-1.65 MW turbines.
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.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.