Vestas, RPMA sign pact for 72-MW wind farm

Vestas wind project

Vestas has signed an agreement with wind farm developer RPM Access (RPMA) for the supply and commissioning of wind turbines.

Vestas will install 36 V110 model wind turbines of 2 megawatts each to power the 72 megawatt Marshall Wind Farm in Marshall County, Kansas. The installation and commissioning of the turbines will be completed in the first half of 2016.

Further, Vestas has signed a 20-year Active Output Management service agreement with RPMA. It is the first such engagement between the two companies, according to a statement.

“The 2-megawatt Vestas V110 wind turbine generators on 95-meter towers are an optimal match for wind conditions at the northeast Kansas site,” Felix Friedman, the vice president of development RPMA, said.

Last month Vestas received an order for 200 V110 turbines of two megawatt capacity for installation at Grande Prairie wind farm in Holt County, Nebraska. The project is to be the largest single-phase project of Vestas in the United States.

BHE Renewables, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, placed the order. The company owns a portfolio of energy businesses, including the US utilities PacifiCorp, MidAmerican Energy Company and NV Energy.

Vestas has been growing at a healthy pace over the past year. In the first quarter of 2015, the company generated revenue of 1,519 million euros — an 18 percent increase compared with the year before.

The company also saw its total investments increase from about 300 million euros to about 350 million euros and guidance on free cash flow upgraded from minimum 400 million euros to 600 million euros.

Ajith Kumar S