Vestas bags order to replace Suzlon at Big Sky Wind project in Illinois

Vestas V155-3.3 MW wind turbine

Wind turbine maker Vestas has received a 240 MW order to repower the Big Sky Wind project in Illinois, U.S., owned by Vitol Wind.

Vestas will supply 104 V120-2.2 MW turbines and five V110-2.0 MW turbines in 2.2 MW operating mode, which will replace the wind energy project’s current technology of 109 Suzlon S88-2.1 MW turbines.

Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America, said: “Repowering wind projects offers an optimal solution for asset owners of aging fleets by extending the production lifespan of the project while decreasing costs.”

Andrew de Pass, Head of Renewables, Vitol, said: “Vitol has a growing global portfolio of renewable assets. Repowering Big Sky Wind is an exciting step and part of our strategy to invest in, build and optimise the performance of renewable assets across our portfolio.”

Vestas said the order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery for the orders begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 with commissioning scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.