EDF Renewable orders 220 MW of Vestas wind turbines for Texas

EDF Renewable Energy has placed a firm order with Vestas for 220 MW worth of V100-2.0 MW wind turbine generators, with this order covered under the Master Supply Agreement (MSA) announced in September 2013.

The most recent order brings the firm commitment of the Vestas turbines to 300 MW to meet the demands of two projects being constructed in the Texas Panhandle: Hereford 1 and Longhorn North. Deliveries and commissioning of both projects are expected to occur in the second half of 2014.

“We are pleased to be working with Vestas to bring additional Texas wind projects online over the next 18 months,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President at EDF Renewable Energy, in a Dec. 20 statement. “The Hereford 1 and Longhorn North projects will not only provide affordable, clean energy to the Texas grid, but also provide an economic boost to the local communities surrounding the projects, in the form of new jobs, local taxes, and other direct and indirect benefits.”

Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada, added: “Vestas looks forward to working with EDF Renewable Energy to build more clean-energy projects in Texas. It’s one of the strongest wind-power markets in the world, and where we have already supplied turbines to nine major wind power plants in the state. This order also will help to create more American jobs at our blade, tower and nacelle factories in Colorado.”

EDF Renewable Energy announced Dec. 18 that it had acquired the 200-MW Longhorn North project from Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas). RES Americas will construct Longhorn, its 18th renewable energy project in Texas, under a Balance of Plant (BOP) agreement. The Longhorn North project, located in Floyd and Briscoe counties, will utilize the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission lines to connect the wind generating capacity of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state.

EDF Renewable Energy announced Nov. 26 that it has acquired the 200-MW Hereford 1 project from Lincoln Renewable EnergyEncompassing approximately 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County, southeast of the town of Hereford, the project will also take advantage of the CREZ transmission lines.

EDF Renewable Energy’s U.S. portfolio spans 16 states with over 4,000 MW of developed projects and an installed capacity of 1,863 MW of wind, solar, biogas and biomass projects.

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