Wind energy in Texas: Vestas wind turbines for Salt Fork wind power plant

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the United States for 75 V100-2.0 MW wind turbines to supply the Salt Fork wind power plant in Donley and Gray Counties, Texas.

The order was placed by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), an independent power producer, and developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects.


The agreement’s scope includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a 3-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement designed to maximize energy production.

The Salt Fork project marks the first turbine supply agreement announced under a master supply contract agreed by Vestas and EDF RE in December 2014 (company announcement No. 49/2014).  That master agreement represents up to one gigawatt of potential capacity.

We are pleased to have placed our first 2016 US wind turbine order with Vestas, building upon the strong relationship forged between our two companies over the past three years, through more than 1,000 MW of joint business,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy.  “We look forward to working with the Vestas team to make the Salt Fork Wind Project a success.”

After closing the books last December on a master agreement that totaled almost 1,100 MW of capacity, we are very happy to kick off our next gigawatt-scale master agreement with EDF RE,” says Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “Our workhorse 2 MW platform combines a long, dependable track record with competitive economic performance.  We’re pleased that EDF RE has selected it for this project.” Installation and commissioning of the wind turbines is expected in late 2016.

Vestas sold its first wind turbines in the United States in 1980, and established its North America subsidiary the following year.  As of 31 March 2015, Vestas had installed about 13,200 MW in the USA.  In 2014, Vestas announced 2.2 GW of orders for delivery in the USA. Approximately 3,750 employees work in our four Colorado factories, in our sales and service headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and at close to 200 wind sites currently under service contract with Vestas.

EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 5.6 gigawatts of developed projects, with 3.1 gigawatts of installed capacity throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

Additional information about the project:

Customer: EDF Renewable Energy
Project name: Salt Fork
Location/Country: Texas, USA
Number of MW: 150 MW
Number of turbines/turbine type 75 x V100-2.0 MW turbines
Contract type: Supply-only
Contract scope: The contract covers supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a three-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement.
Time of delivery Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to take place in third quarter of 2016, with commissioning expected in fourth quarter of 2016.

Total year-to-date announced order intake in MW: 3,357 MW