Gamesa Technology Corp. says it commissioned 1.34 GW of wind energy capacity in the U.S. last year – a record for the company's North American operations. According to Gamesa, which cites data from the American Wind Energy Association, this total represents 10% of the U.S. market share for 2012.
Altogether, Gamesa commissioned 674 turbines at 18 wind farms in 13 states last year. Of the 1.34 GW, 480 MW were developed directly by Gamesa. In 2012, the company secured deals with six new customers, completed a 400 MW multi-wind-farm sales agreement with Algonquin Power and Utilities, and supplied four community and distributed wind projects in the U.S.
"Last year was a strong year for Gamesa's North American operations," says David Flitterman, chairman of Gamesa North America. "Projects originally scheduled for 2013 were pulled into 2012 – due, in part, to concern that the federal production tax credit (PTC) would not be extended. The effect of that spurred the record level of 1.34 GW of commissioned capacity for Gamesa and an all-time single-year high of more than 13 GW across the entire industry."
Gamesa's 1.34 GW of commissioned capacity in 2012 represents U.S. projects only. Gamesa also exports its U.S.-made turbines to Canada, Central America and South America. The company entered the North American market in 2005 and has two manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania.