Vestas wins order for Escalade wind project in Texas


Vestas has won a 336 MW wind turbine deal from the Taaleri SolarWind II fund and co-investors, AIP and Akuo Energy for the Escalade wind project in Texas, USA.

The wind energy project will feature the first Enventus platform turbines in the USA, Vestas said. The project is the first North American wind project for Taaleri Energia and the Taaleri SolarWind II fund.

The order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of 45 V162-5.6 MW and 20 V150-4.2 MW turbines as well as a 30-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

Vestas will start the delivery of wind turbine in the second quarter of 2021 and commission will begin during the third quarter of 2021.

“The onshore wind resource in Texas is excellent and the location of our wind farm, with connections to the large population centres, is also ideal. The ERCOT market for electricity in Texas is very similar in structure and operation to the Nord Pool electricity market in the Nordic countries,” said Taaleri Energia’s Managing Director, Kai Rintala.

“By pairing this technology with a 30-year service agreement, Taaleri Energia has ensured the Escalade wind project will deliver long-term low-cost wind energy thus maximising returns for their fund investors,” Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada, said.

Vestas said it is the largest EnVentus order to date and it takes the global order intake for the platform past 900 MW.