Vestas Reaches 3 GW Of Wind Energy Capacity In Italy

Vestas says it has reached 3 GW of installed wind energy capacity in Italy, which represents 40% of the country’s total installed base.

Since 1998, Vestas has widely contributed to Italy’s renewable energy generating mix through the production, sales and installation of cutting-edge wind technology, which has constantly evolved to ensure the lower cost of energy, together with an increased business case certainty for our customers.

Vestas has sold, installed and serviced nine generations of turbines – ranging from V27 – 225 kW to V100-1.8 MW for the Santa Luce wind farm, V100-2.6 MW for the Orta Nova one and V112-3.0 MW, recently ordered for the Gorgoglione Guardia Perticara project, the first in the country with this wind turbine.

During these 14 years, Vestas turbines have been transported and erected in the more traditional sites, such as central and southern Italy or the islands, as well as in regions where wind power plants had never been installed before, as in Valle D’Aosta.

The maximized production of the wind farms has been supported and enhanced during these years through service agreements and optimized maintenance schedules and service dedicated applications, such as the Weather & Power Forecast tool.

From north to south, the installed wind farms have contributed to diversifying the Italian energy mix, advance the country’s renewable energy agenda, create a highly specialized supply chain and enhance the creation of green jobs – in many cases in remote areas of the country.

This is another important milestone for wind energy in Italy and a source of hope for the entire sector in these difficult times,” states Simone Togni, President of the Italian Wind Energy Association (ANEV), who continues, “Wind has great potential in Italy and this needs to be fully unlocked, not only for EU 2020 and post 2020 objectives, which the country has committed to, but also because of the benefits it can bring at many different levels. It allows Italy to have clean energy at a cost which is not linked to the price of fossil fuels’, as well as contributing to energy independence, and fostering economic development and employment – two areas which Italy needs to improve on. ANEV’s is now relying on the National Energy Strategy (SEN) to outline the future national energy scenario, in which the most efficient renewable energy sources must play an even more decisive role.

Our products, the local service set up and long-lasting partnerships built and fostered with the customers on the territory, allowed us to reach this target and we look forward reaching other important milestone in the country,” affirms Juan Araluce, Acting President, Vestas Mediterranean and Chief Sales Officer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

We have always believed in wind as a fundamental element of the Italian energy portfolio and as pioneer of the sector we are proud of having boosted it and we will continue doing so,” declares Rainer Karan, General Manager, Vestas Italia, who continues, “Until now, the sector in Italy has experienced a constant growth of around 1000 MW per year, with an overall installed capacity of more than 7,400 MW. There is much more to do for Italy to reach the 2020 objectives and it is up to the new auction system to allow the market to follow this growth rate, considered the newly introduced feed in tariff scheme with the respective installation capacity limitations.

Vestas has now reached 3000 MW of installed capacity in Italy, hitting 40% of the total installed base in the country. At the same time, this equals 25% of Italy’s renewable energy obligation under the EU 2020 targets. This significant milestone results from 14 years of commitment and partnership with Italian customers and the country’s energy sector stakeholders.

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ nearly 50,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by approximately 55 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Today, Vestas has delivered wind energy in more than 70 countries. With 65 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 51 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
Vestas has been operating in the Italian market since 1998 through the company Vestas Italia which is the sales unit in Vestas Mediterranean handing all sales operations and maintenance activities in Italy. The Italian sales unit is also responsible for the business development activities in the markets of Switzerland, the Balkans, Libya, Egypt and Jordan.
Vestas Italia’s headquarters and main sales office are located in Rome. The company also has an operations office in Taranto, a customer service centre in San Giorgio, as well as service and logistics facilities spread all over the country and on the main islands. In addition, Vestas currently has two production facilities for blades and nacelles in Taranto.