We Energies Buys 145 MW Wind Turbine Equipment from Vestas

We Energies has purchased 88 wind turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for construction of the Blue Sky Green Field wind project in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Each Vestas V82 turbine can produce 1.65 megawatts (MW) of electricity for a project total of 145 MW.

Construction, expected to begin in summer 2007, will take approximately one year to complete. Six months will be needed for site preparation and the installation of turbine foundations and cabling. An additional six months will be required for turbine erection, assembly, and commissioning. “We are pleased with the equipment selection and purchase agreement we have with Vestas,” said Rick Kuester, executive vice president of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the parent company of We Energies. “Throughout the selection process we evaluated a number of turbine models and vendors to ensure we received favorable economics and technology that is well suited to the project site. The Vestas V82 turbine has proven to be the most competitive and is available for the earliest delivery dates.” The wind farm will be located in the towns of Calumet and Marshfield in northeast Fond du Lac County and is expected to cost approximately $300 million. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project on February 1, 2007. “Vestas began a relationship with We Energies in 1999 with the supply of We Energies’ first wind turbines located in the town of Byron and we are very pleased to be part of the much larger Blue Sky Green Field wind project,” said Jens Soby, president of Vestas-Americas. “We Energies has selected an excellent turbine and we look forward to working closely with them to make this project a great success.”
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