ACCIONA Windpower said Nov. 18 that it has completed a turbine supply agreement with Apex Clean Energy, developer of the 165-MW Cameron Wind farm, which has been purchased by furniture supplier IKEA Group.
The agreement includes the supply of 55 ACCIONA Windpower AW125/3000 turbines and a 20-year Full Service Warranty.
The Cameron Wind farm is located in South Texas, near the City of Brownsville, and marks the first installation of AW125/3000 turbines in the U.S. Each turbine installed at the Cameron Wind farm will have a rotor diameter of 125 meters and a 3-MW generator mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower.
ACCIONA said it plans to begin turbine deliveries in mid 2015, with the project is expected to reach commercial operation in late 2015. When completed, the wind farm will be a key part of IKEA’s commitment to produce by 2020 as much renewable energy as the company consumes globally. It will be the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date.
“ACCIONA and IKEA share the same commitment to a clean energy future, and we are proud that our innovative wind technology was selected to help IKEA meet its global sustainability goals. We are also pleased to collaborate with Apex Clean Energy, a prominent and respected wind energy company,” said Rafael Mateo, CEO of ACCIONA Energy.
“We are very pleased to be working with ACCIONA on this important project,” said Mark Goodwin, Apex president. “The Texas gulf coast has a very unique wind resource, and Cameron Wind will harness this power to provide clean, homegrown, affordable energy to the residents of South Texas.”
The Cameron Wind project expands the track record for the AW3000 platform to 465 MW in the U.S. and approximately 2,000 MW globally, including orders for wind farms in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Poland, Turkey and South Africa.
ACCIONA Windpower designs and manufactures wind turbines with a capacity of 1.5 and 3 MW. It has turbine assembly plants − two in Spain, one in the U.S., and a fourth that will enter service in Brazil towards the end of 2014. It also has a turbine blade manufacturing facility. It has supplied – or has contracts for – wind turbines totaling almost 6 GW in more than 100 wind farms in 18 countries. It is a subsidiary of ACCIONA Energía. Both companies belong to the ACCIONA Group, one of the leading Spanish corporations operating in infrastructures, energy, water and services in over 30 countries.
Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2012, Apex completed the 300-MW Canadian Hills wind project. The company currently has 265 MW of new renewable energy facilities under construction and an additional 750 MW contracted and scheduled for completion in 2015. Apex also has a diversified portfolio of wind energy facilities in development around the country and owns several operating solar PV assets.
Earlier this year, IKEA Group announced its first U.S. wind farm purchase located in Hoopeston, Illinois. The Cameron Wind farm will be more than one-and-a-half times the size of the Hoopeston project. Together, the IKEA Hoopeston and Cameron wind farms are expected to generate nearly 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.
“IKEA believes that the climate challenge requires bold commitment and action,” said Rob Olson, IKEA US Acting President and CFO. “We invest in renewable energy to become more sustainable as a business and also because it makes good business sense. And as a home furnishings retailer with sustainability in our roots, we are committed to providing products and solutions that help our customers be more sustainable in their everyday lives.”
IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 279 wind turbines in nine countries, and will invest a total of $1.9bn in wind and solar power up to the end of 2015.
IKEA renewable energy investments in the U.S. to date now include: 104 wind turbines located on wind farms in Hoopeston and Cameron; 165,000 solar panels installed on 90% of IKEA buildings across the U.S., providing an additional 38 MW of installed capacity; and geothermal integrated into the heating and cooling systems of two U.S. store locations, in Centennial, Colorado, and Merriam, Kansas.