Carpinteria, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Clipper Windpower Plc signed a contract with a subsidiary of UPC Wind to deliver 50 2.5 megawatt (MW) Clipper Liberty wind turbines — including their installation supervision — and will provide operations and maintenance services for five years.The wind turbines are to be used by UPC Wind for projects the company plans to develop in the northeastern U.S. during 2007. This transaction represents firm commitments of 495 MW of Liberty wind turbines, with opportunity for a further 160 MW of Liberty wind turbines to be deployed into near-term Clipper development projects, and 2,165 MW of early stage projects. Earlier this year, Clipper Windpower announced a strategic alliance for project development and wind turbine sales with BP Alternative Energy, a wind turbine sales agreement with Edison Mission Energy, and a wind turbine sales agreement with UPC Wind. (UPC Wind is currently developing more than 3,000 MWs of wind power projects.) Clipper wind turbines are produced at Clipper’s assembly facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Clipper’s 2.5 MW Liberty machine is the largest wind turbine assembled in the U.S. and is the first to deploy a unique distributed powertrain. In other news, Clipper Windpower is one of eight companies to win the Rising Star Award (one of 15 categories) announced by Platts for its 8th Annual Global Energy Awards. The awards are given annually to recognize outstanding achievement and vision in the global energy industry.