Project Development, Wind Power

Nordex Receives First US N100 Order

Nordex USA Inc. has recieved the first U.S. order for eight of its N100 wind turbines, which will be installed at a 20-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Glenmore, Wisconsin outside of Green Bay. Developed by Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, the project will generate close to 64 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually

“The project debuts some of the most advanced turbines in the U.S.,” said Ralf Sigrist, President and CEO of Nordex, USA. “It’s been a pleasure partnering with Emerging Energies to provide the best technology for the site, designed to make the absolute most of Glenmore’s wind resources.”

The N100s are the latest generation in the Nordex portfolio of 2.5-MW turbines. Designed specifically for low to moderate wind speeds, the N100s are ideal for numerous sites across the country, holding great potential in the U.S., the company said.

The N100s have a hub height and rotor diameter of 100 meters, with a rotor sweep of 7,823 square meters. That translates into an increase in power yield by up to 20% at average wind speeds of around 7.5 meters per second, compared to the N90.

For the project, called the Shirley Wind Farm, Nordex will supply cold climate models of the N100s, upgraded to operate in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The project also represents a shift in the U.S. market toward larger turbines with higher efficiencies and yields.

In 2008, the average installed turbine was 1.67 MW. Nordex built the first 2.5-MW turbine in 2000 and has the longest track record for reliability in the multi-megawatt class, with over 1,000 installed worldwide.

Nordex will deliver and install the turbines in the third quarter of 2010, with project completion slated for the fourth quarter. The order also includes maintenance and technical operation under a 10 year service contract. The project carries a 20-year power purchase agreement contract with Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.

The CH Energy Group holds a controlling interest in the project via its unregulated subsidiary Central Hudson Enterprises.