Seventeen years after its introduction, Vestas’ 2 MW wind platform has reached 20,000 installations globally.
According to the manufacturer, the 2 MW platform’s annual energy production has increased by 40% since its introduction. Today, more than 38 GW of the 2 MW platform has been installed in 45 countries on six continents. Introduced in 2000 with the V80-2.0 MW turbine, the platform was upgraded with the new V116-2.0 MW and V120-2.0 MW turbines earlier this year.
The milestone installation happened at a site of the 2 GW Wind XI project in Iowa with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW turbine. The Wind XI project underlines the platform’s strong fit for the U.S. market, where the Vestas 2 MW platform alone makes up 12% of the total installed wind capacity – compared with 8% globally, the company claims.
With 10 GW of Vestas’ 2 MW platform installed, the U.S. makes up around one-quarter of the platform’s global installed capacity.
Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada, says, “The 2 MW platform has been instrumental in Vestas’ success in the U.S. and has delivered maximum production and technology value for our customers. The continued product innovation and platform evolution have enabled incredible platform growth, and we’re proud of achieving this milestone here in the U.S.”