ACCIONA to supply turbines for 30-MW wind project in Iowa

ACCIONA Windpower said Nov. 30 that it has completed a turbine supply agreement with Building Energy for a 30-MW wind project located in central Iowa.

Under the agreement, ACCIONA Windpower will deliver ten AW125-3000 turbines and provide operations and maintenance services to the project for ten years. Each of the turbines will have a rotor diameter of 125 meters and a 3-MW generator mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower. This project will expand ACCIONA Windpower’s footprint in the United States to over 1,400 MW. ACCIONA Windpower will support the project from its North American headquarters in West Branch, Iowa.

Building Energy is a global renewable energy company with experience in 24 countries. The Iowa project will be Building Energy’s first wind farm in the United States. It is expected to be online by November 2016 and will supply electricity to Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT).

“ACCIONA Windpower is proud to partner with Building Energy to further the growth of  clean energy here in Iowa and around the globe,” said Enrique Teruel, CEO of ACCIONA Windpower North America. “We are confident that ACCIONA Windpower’s turbine technology will help make this project a success.”  

“Building Energy is delighted to collaborate with ACCIONA Windpower, a major player in the wind power sector. We have chosen this company for their expertise and the performance of their turbines, which is a crucial factor for the project outcome.” said Andrea Braccialarghe, Building Energy Managing Director USA. 

ACCIONA Windpower has achieved sales in the U.S of over 1,400 MW, making the U.S. market the biggest outside Spain for the company. Of this capacity, 537 MW belongs to its most advanced platform, the AW3000, of which the company has sold 2,577 MW in nine countries. Among the major contracts signed in the U.S. are 165 MW for the Cameron wind farm in Texas, the biggest renewable project by Ikea in the world, and the 300-MW Green Pastures wind farm (also in Texas) for the investment fund manager Capital Dynamics.

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