Vestas Gets 570-MW Tehachapi Wind Order

Vestas received a 570-megawatt (MW) order for 190 of its V90 3-MW turbines for Terra-Gen’s Alta Wind Energy Center near Tehachapi, California. The order has been placed by subsidiaries of Alta Wind Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power LLC.

Terra-Gen’s purchase is Vestas’ largest order for a single site. The contract includes delivery and commissioning as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for late 2010. The first 50 turbines will be commissioned by the end of 2010 and the remaining ones will be online in the first half of 2011.

Vestas’ manufacturing operations in Colorado, will produce wind components for this order. All blades for the Alta project will be produced at Vestas’ blades factory in Windsor, Colorado. And a majority of the towers will be manufactured at Vestas’ new tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado.

“The entire Vestas team looks forward to helping Terra-Gen bring this exceptional project to reality. When completed, it will be the largest wind farm we will have supplied turbines to in our 31-year history as well as the biggest in California,” says Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “Terra-Gen has selected an excellent turbine and service package. We will work closely with their financiers and customers to make this project successful.” 

The Alta Wind Energy Center is supported by a 1,550 MW power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison to sell renewable energy. This order marks Vestas’ eighth North American deal announced in 2010, totaling 1,336 MW this year among four turbine types.

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