ACCIONA Windpower (AWP), a subsidiary of the ACCIONA Group, said May 20 that it plans to install 805.5 MW in North America in 2015, with 94% of this capacity to be made up of 3-MW wind turbines.
These facilities, owned by third-party customers, are:
- By the end of this year, the Green Pastures I and II wind farms (300 MW) and the Cameron Wind Farm (165 MW) will be grid connected. These projects are located in Texas. The first phase of the Green Pastures Wind Farm is already operational.
- In Canada, the South Canoe wind farm in Nova Scotia (102 MW) will be fully operational in June. This project is being developed by Nova Scotia Power.
- In Mexico, the Ventika I (126 MW) wind farm and about half of Ventika II (63 MW of the 126 MW that make up the facility) will enter service in the second half of the year. Both are located in the state of Nuevo León. There is also the Ingenio (49.5 MW) project in Oaxaca.
This capacity represents 59.5% of the total that AWP will put into service worldwide in 2015 (1,353 MW).
By the end of 2015 there will be 2,346 MW of ACCIONA Windpower turbines in operation in North America (3 MW and 1.5 MW in size), representing 41% of the capacity installed by the company worldwide. Of this figure, 1,372.5 MW will be installed in the U.S., 796.5 MW in Mexico and 177 MW in Canada.
A large increase in sales and installations of the AW3000 wind turbine is a result of excellent performance and track record combined with an improved cost of energy (COE), the company noted. In 2013 and 2014, ACCIONA Windpower achieved a 28% reduction in COE from its wind turbines, which strengthens its competitive positioning and provides more value to customers. The process will continue over the next few years, in which a further reduction of 16% is expected.
The AW3000 is available in a range of rotor diameters (100 to 132 meters) and can be mounted on either steel or concrete towers from 84 meters to 137.5 meters high. These options make it possible to optimize the performance of the AW3000 for all wind conditions, in order to meet the needs of any project globally. With the success of the AW116/3000 and AW125/3000, ACCIONA Windpower said it is positioned to be a top five supplier in North America in 2015.
ACCIONA Windpower designs and manufactures wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW and 1.5 MW. Its sales of turbines total 6.5 GW in over 100 wind farms in 18 countries. It is a subsidiary of ACCIONA Energía, a leading global operator in renewable energy sources with more than 20 years’ experience in the sector and capacity of 10.000 MW (either owned by the company or installed for customers).