Vestas has secured a firm and unconditional order for the delivery of 166 V100-1.8 MW wind turbines along with a 20-year service and maintenance agreement for the 299 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, a joint venture of EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge. It marks the largest order for Vestas wind turbines in Canada.
Deliveries for Blackspring Ridge, located near Lethbridge, Alberta, are scheduled for the second half of 2013 and commissioning is expected to occur by mid-2014.
The 20-year service agreement — the longest in Vestas’ history in the U.S. and Canada — features the Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service option. AOM 5000 features an energy-based availability guarantee to ensure the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential maintenance issues.
Vestas’ U.S. factories in Colorado will be involved in manufacturing components for Blackspring Ridge, which will become Canada’s sixth wind power plant to use V100-1.8 MW wind turbines. Overall, more than 600 V100-1.8 MW turbines are producing energy at 13 sites across Canada and the U.S.
EDF EN Canada and Enbridge will develop and own Blackspring Ridge.
Vestas operates more than 55 GW of installed capacity worldwide, and has supplied more than 49,000 wind turbines in 73 countries since 1979.