First Wind Picks Vestas For 77 Turbines

Score one – no, make that two – for Vestas. Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind said it will purchase a total of 77 Vestas 100-1.8 turbines for two wind projects, one in Maine and the other in state of Washington. The agreement marks the first time that First Wind has partnered with Vestas, whose turbines were selected through a competitive bidding process.

Fifty-eight of the turbines are bound for the 105-megawatt (MW) Palouse Wind project in eastern Washington, which is now under construction and will generate enough electricity to power 30,000 homes. The remaining 19 turbines are intended for First Wind’s proposed 34-MW Bull Hill Wind project in Hancock County, Maine.

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Under the contract, Vestas will deliver and commission the turbines, and provide 10 years of service and maintenance. Both projects are expected to be commissioned in late 2012. Power generated by the Bull Hill Wind project will be purchased by NSTAR, and power generated at Palouse will be purchased by Avista.

First Wind has developed and now operates 735 MW of wind energy capacity, with another 141 MW of projects under construction. Vestas, is a Danish company with its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., and research, manufacturing and operations in Colorado, Texas and Massachusetts.

“We are pleased to diversify our wind turbine portfolio by entering into our first-ever agreement with Vestas to purchase turbines for our projects in Maine and Washington,” said Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind. “At First Wind, we are always looking to build efficient and high-value projects for our stakeholders and consumers, and we believe that these turbines are the best fit for our Bull Hill and Palouse Wind projects. The Vestas turbines for these sites will ultimately mean we can deliver clean energy at a competitive price for our customers.”

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).