Vestas has won three orders for 537MW of turbine nameplate capacity in the US, which has emerged as one of its most dynamic growth markets in the past 18 months.
The orders include:
-SunEdison, 47 V112-3.3MW turbines totaling 155MW for a project in Bingham, Maine. The contract includes supply and commissioning, as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM5000) service agreement. Expected commissioning is in second half 2016.
-SunEdison, 83 V117-3.3MW turbines totaling 274MW for a Texas project. The contract includes an AOM 5000 with commissioning in first half 2016.
-Undisclosed customer and location, 54 V110-2.0MW turbines totaling 108MW.Vestas will commission turbines in fourth quarter 2016. The contract includes a five-year "customized" AOM service deal.
The orders for 3.3MW machines are significant, as the 3.0MW segment of the US market has been experiencing solid growth in recent years.
Vestas is the segment leader but faces stiff competition from Siemens with General Electric edging closer with 2.85MW turbines. Acciona is the fourth player.
Larger turbines are increasingly popular in regions where available land for wind farms is at a premium and those with strong wind resource such as Oklahoma and Texas.
Vestas has emerged as a strong number two to GE in the broader US market. Its 2.0MW platform is among the most popular turbines with independent power producers and has found wide acceptance in Texas, where most of the nation's wind development is taking place.
Vestas says that its four manufacturing facilities - one nacelle, two blade and one tower - in Colorado are operating at high capacity.