Vestas has received a firm and unconditional turbine order from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) for a wind farm in Texas.
Vestas will be supplying 43 V126-3.45 MW turbines for the Bearkat I Wind Project, which has a total capacity of 196.7 MW and will include a total of 57 V126 3.45 MW turbines.
The 148 MW order includes the supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement. The AOM5000 contract is a full-scope service package designed to maximize uptime and energy production; moreover, the 20-year term will ensure optimized performance for the lifetime of the project, says Vestas.
Delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, and commissioning is planned for the end of the year.
According to the manufacturer, the order marks CIP’s first equity investment in onshore wind in the U.S.
Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada, says, “Texas and the rest of the wind belt are traditionally 2 MW territory, but we’ve shown yet again that we can deliver a winning cost of energy in that region with both our 2 MW and 3 MW platforms, and that provides tremendous flexibility and competitive advantage for our customers.”