O&M, Wind Power

Outland To Do O&M for Minwind’s Vestas & NEG Turbines

Minwind Energy LLC (Minwind) has awarded Outland Renewable Energy (Outland) a two-year contract to provide post-warranty operations and maintenance services for Minwind’s Vestas and NEG-Micon turbines in southwest Minnesota. Under the terms of the deal, Outland will perform all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on Minwind’s seven Vestas V82 1.65-megawatt (MW) turbines and four NEG-Micon 950-kilowatt (kW) turbines beginning on June 1, 2010.

“All of Minwind projects are based around the idea that local ownership is central to maximizing local benefits, and the projects are intended to both generate new income for farmers and benefit the local community’s economy. We are proud supporters and partners to a firm that embodies both integrity and excellence,” said Jeremy Krug, director of operations at Outland.

Minwind’s community wind model has already created economic benefits for rural Minnesotans and Minnesota-based companies, the company said.

“Outland was a natural choice for Minwind for a few key reasons. Outland is an authorized North American service provider for the Hansen gearboxes that currently outfit our Minwind turbines. Coupled with their recent achievement of ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification, we know their services will be world-class. Outland was founded by five farmers, so they share Minwind’s commitment to harnessing the potential of renewable energy for the benefit of America’s rural communities,” said Mark Willers, Minwind Energy’s CEO.