Illinois-based NEG Micon North America, a wind turbine supplier, has signed an order to supply forty-five NM72 (1.65 MW) wind turbines for the Blue Canyon Wind Farm being developed by Zilkha Renewable Energy. Located in Southwest Oklahoma, this project features a wind turbine order valued at US$62 million.Rolling Meadows, Illinois – June 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “These 45 state-of-the-art NM72 wind turbines will produce enough clean, locally-generated power for as many as 23,000 households across the state,” said Andris Cukurs, president of NEG Micon North America. Scheduled for completion at the end of 2003, the Blue Canyon Wind Farm is slated to be the largest wind power plant in Oklahoma. NEG Micon’s new NM72 is especially suitable for this particular project because of the site’s high winds, said the company. With a 1.65 MW generator, 70-meter (230 feet) tower and 72-meter (236 feet) rotor diameter, this state-of-the-art wind turbine is designed to efficiently harness the high winds of Oklahoma. “This represents the third time we have chosen their wind turbines for a project,” said Michael Zilkha, principal of Zilkha Renewable Energy of Houston, Texas, the lead developer of the Blue Canyon Wind Farm. “NEG Micon machines have consistently achieved high availability, and the company stands behind products with excellent after-sales service.” NEG Micon is responsible for delivery of the wind turbines to the site and erection of the machines. It is providing a five-year warranty for the wind turbines, as well as a five-year service and maintenance program upon completion of the wind farm. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is purchasing all power output from the wind farm, and will supply the electricity to its member cooperatives across the state of Oklahoma. The Blue Canyon Wind Farm order follows two other projects in which Zilkha has participated, including the delivery and erection of 89 machines to the Top-of-Iowa Wind Farm, located in Joice, Iowa.