Maryland, United States — Construction of Maryland’s first wind farm has begun. Nordex USA, Inc. has been awarded an order for 20 N90 2.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to be installed at a 50-MW wind farm in Garrett County, Maryland. The contract with developer and future operator, Synergics, includes installation and a five-year maintenance agreement.
Nordex will begin delivering and installing turbines in August, with completion and commissioning of the project slated for December 2010. The “Roth Rock” wind farm will generate about 124,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and is also expected to provide a boon to local communities in the form of significant tax revenue.
“The Roth Rock project proves that wind can sustainably and affordably power our homes and businesses while benefiting local communities,” said Ralf Sigrist, president and CEO of Nordex USA. “Nordex’s advanced turbine technology has made wind power a competitive alternative to environmentally costly and finite fossil fuels, and we are proud to be the first to help bring that advantage to Maryland.”
The 20 turbines will stand atop Backbone Mountain along an undeveloped ridge stretching three miles. Located in the western corner of Maryland near the West Virginia and Pennsylvania borders, purchasers of the wind power will include Delmarva Power, the University of Maryland and other entities of the State of Maryland.