Wind turbine maker Vestas said July 1 that Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) has placed an order for 83 of its V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 200-MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Minnesota.
The initial 34 MW of turbines for this project were announced in connection with the signing of a master supply agreement (MSA) in September 2013. This new order is the final call-off on the September 2013 MSA for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totaled 610 MW. With this order, Vestas has secured 350 MW directly with RES Americas, with the remaining 260 MW involving other parties that purchased the RES Americas projects prior to placing a firm and unconditional order with Vestas.
Pleasant Valley will utilize the V100-2.0 MW turbine, which was launched in 2013 and features an improved drive train and generates approximately 13% more annual energy production (AEP) than the V90-1.8 MW model at medium wind speeds.
In addition the order includes a three-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement. AOM 5000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing.
“Vestas is extremely pleased that RES Americas has now finalized the MSA, either through orders placed directly with Vestas or via projects transferred to other customers,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
“Pleasant Valley will deploy efficient, cutting edge technology to generate carbon-free electricity while providing meaningful cost savings to Xcel Energy’s customers in south-eastern Minnesota,” said Rob Morgan, Chief Development Officer of RES Americas. “We are committed to delivering competitively priced renewable energy, and the technological advances made by leading companies like Vestas, is essential to the wind industry’s ability to continue driving down costs while increasing clean energy production.”
Pleasant Valley will have an annual energy production of approximately 804,000 MWh per year. Deliveries and commissioning of the Pleasant Valley project are expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2015. Vestas factories in Colorado are expected to be involved in the manufacturing of the nacelles, blades and towers for the project.
Following commissioning of the project, ownership of Pleasant Valley will be transferred from RES Americas to Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL).
Vestas’ original MSA with RES Americas included up to 610 MW in potential orders. Since this agreement was signed, RES Americas and Vestas have agreed to transfer components used for qualification for the Production Tax Credit (PTC) as well as production slots reserved by RES Americas via the MSA, to other parties. Vestas has previously announced several of these orders independently and without reference to the original MSA with RES Americas.
RES Americas announced July 2 that it has received a notice to proceed (NTP) for construction of the Pleasant Valley Wind Project, located in Mower and Dodge counties in southeast Minnesota. RES Americas is the developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor of Pleasant Valley.
EDF Renewable places orders for two wind projects
Vestas said separately on June 28 that EDF Renewable Energy has placed an order for 75 of its V110-2.0 MW turbines for the 150-MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas and for 150 of the V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 300-MW Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico.
These orders are call-offs on a master supply agreement (MSA) announced in September 2013 for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totals 1,174 MW. With these new orders, Vestas has secured 944 MW under this MSA. Both projects include three-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreements.
“It’s a privilege for Vestas to continue working with a leading global energy company such as EDF Renewable Energy. Slate Creek will be our first V110-2.0 MW project with EDF RE, and Roosevelt will be the largest wind park in New Mexico,” said Brown.
“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to be working with Vestas to bring 450 MW of wind facilities in the Southwest Power Pool online by the end of 2015,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “Both the 300 MW Roosevelt and 150 MW Slate Creek wind projects have long-term power purchase agreements in place with creditworthy counterparties, and we look forward to creating new American jobs in New Mexico, Kansas and elsewhere through the construction and long-term operation of the projects.”
Delivery of the 150-MW Slate Creek project is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2015 with commissioning expected in the fourth quarter of the same year. Delivery of the 300-MW Roosevelt project is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2015 with commissioning expected in the fourth quarter of the same year. Vestas’ factories in Colorado are expected to be involved in the manufacturing of the nacelles, blades and towers for both projects.
EDF Renewable Energy and Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP) said July 2 that they have entered into a 20-year contract for Great Plains to buy electricity from the 150-MW Slate Creek wind project in Kansas.
EDF Renewable Energy on July 3 confirmed that it has placed a firm order with Vestas for 450 MW of wind turbine generators for the projects in New Mexico and Kansas. EDF Renewable Energy’s U.S. portfolio spans 17 states with over 5 GW of developed projects and an installed capacity of 2 GW of wind, solar, biogas and biomass projects.