Acciona hopes 3 MW wind turbines will invigorate US wind energy sales

Acciona installs 3 MW wind turbines in North America. Acciona Windpower is installing two of its AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines at Pioneer Grove wind farm in Cedar County, Iowa, USA, marking the first wind energy installation of the wind turbines in North America.

“The AW-3000 wind turbines at Pioneer Grove will produce more power, more efficiently than anything we’ve installed before,” says Joe Baker, CEO of ACCIONA Windpower North America.

“With technology like the AW-3000, we can drive down energy costs and begin to take full advantage of our clean energy resources.”

The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm is located nearest to the town of Mechanicsville, Iowa. Construction is expected to be complete in the second half of 2012, and the wind farm already has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO).

The enhanced AW-3000 machine with a 116 m rotor diameter was introduced in 2011, and is designed for sites with medium wind speeds.

The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm will utilise two different wind turbine tower technologies with the AW-3000. One tower will be constructed to a height of 92 m, using steel, while the other tower uses a new concrete solution and measures 100 m.

By José Santamarta,