BONUS Energy A/S Re-enters U.S. Market with Major Project will supply the turbines for the world’s second largest wind farm, to be located in Texas.
BRANDE, Denmark, 2001-03-28 <SolarAccess.com> BONUS Energy A/S will supply 214 turbines for the facility on King Mountain in west Texas, with a total capacity of 278 MW. The 1.3 MW units will generate electricity for 140,000 homes and will displace the emission of 20 million tons of carbon dioxide over its 20 year life. The project has been developed by an affiliate of the global wind energy company, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd of Britain and Cielo Wind Power, LLC, of Texas. RES will build the wind farm near the oil fields of McCamey, and the facility will be operational before the end of this year. The value of the turbine order was disclosed but Danish media estimate the order at 1.5 billion kroner. During the 1980s, Bonus erected 1,100 turbines in California, and was responsible for maintenance for many years. The company has concentrated on the European market, and this Texas sale marks the company’s return to the U.S. market. “The order for the King Mountain Project is the largest order in Bonus’ history, and it marks a new breakthrough for Bonus on the U.S. market,” says managing director Palle Norgaard. “With this considerable order, we have secured quite a lot of jobs, not only in our local community but at a number of sub-suppliers’ in Europe and the USA as well.” The Texas deal is equivalent to two thirds of total wind capacity in Britain. “The U.K. can be at the forefront of this expanding global environmental business which also brings economic and employment benefits to the U.K.,” says RES managing director Ian Mays. “However we continue to be disappointed at the slow progress of the industry on home soil.” BONUS has been involved in wind energy since 1979. It recently supplied turbines for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Middelgrunden, east of Copenhagen. More than 4,000 BONUS turbines are in operation worldwide. RES is part of the large British construction group, Sir Robert McAlpine, and has a total of 2,000 MW of wind capacity around the world. It has offices in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, France, Portugal and the U.S. Cielo was formed in 1998 and is a private company based in Austin, Texas. It develops utility-grade wind projects, and claims to be the largest utility-grade wind power company in Texas.