Madrid, Spain [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] ACCIONA Windpower, an ACCIONA group company that works in the design, production and marketing of wind turbines and the assembly and construction of wind energy facilities, will supply Naturener, a Spanish renewables company, with 200 of its AW 77/1500 class II wind turbines, totaling 300 MW capacity.
Entry into service is planned for 2008 through the contract worth more than € 300 million [US$4.04 million]. The turbines will be installed in Montana’s McCormick Ranch windpark that Naturener USA, a subsidiary of Naturener, will construct in 2008. ACCIONA Windpower currently has two wind turbine assembly plants in operation in Spain and one in China. It is also building another in Iowa, which means that it will have an overall production capacity of more than 2,000 MW a year.
ACCIONA Windpower is currently the second largest wind turbine generator in Spain and the ninth in the world in 2006. It produces 1.5 MW wind turbines with rotor diameters of 70, 77 and 82 meters depending on the wind potential of each site, and has a 3 MW model at an advanced stage of development.
Naturener, with 1,800 MW under development in North America, has reference partners in the Belgian group Sapec (through Tharsis) and Caja Castilla La Mancha (CCM) Corporacion, and has wind power projects under development in Montana and Alberta (Canada) of around 1,800 MW.
Naturener, a company exclusively dedicated to renewables and with hydro and solar power assets in Spain, acquired two North American wind power development companies last year: Energylogics and Great Plains Wind & Energy, which are now called Naturener USA and Naturener Canada. It will develop its project portfolio over the next few years, starting with the 300 MW to be installed at McCormick Ranch.