Wind power in North Dakota: Vestas receives first order from Xcel Energy for 200 MW wind farm

The order consists of 100 V100-2.0 MW of which Vestas has installed more than 3 GW across the globe.


Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the United States for 100 V100-2.0 MW turbines to power the Courtenay wind power plant in Stutsman County, North Dakota.

The order, placed by Xcel Energy Inc., includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a three-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement, which delivers full-scope service to maximize turbine availability. Installation and commissioning of the turbines is expected in 2016.

The Courtenay project was originally developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, and purchased by Xcel Energy in April 2015.

We’ve been the nation’s No. 1 utility wind provider in the U.S. for 11 consecutive years, and we are pleased to partner with Vestas,” said Kent Larson, Xcel Energy’s executive vice president and group president, Operations. “When complete, the Courtenay Wind Farm project will boast 100 Vestas turbines. This will generate enough electricity for about 105,000 homes, making use of North Dakota’s abundant renewable resource.”
“Xcel Energy is a national leader in wind power,” says Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “We welcome them as a new Vestas customer and are confident our highly proven V100-2.0 MW turbine will ensure Xcel delivers clean, reliable power to their customers at a competitive cost.”

Vestas sold its first wind turbines in the United States in 1980, and established its North America subsidiary the following year.  As of 30 June 2015, Vestas had installed about 13,700 MW in the USA.  In 2014, Vestas announced 2.2 GW of orders for delivery in the USA.  Approximately 4,000 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.

Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electric and natural gas company, with annual revenues of $11.7 billion. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Xcel has regulated operations in eight Midwestern and Western states, and provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to approximately 3.5 million electricity customers and 2 million natural gas customers through four operating companies.