REpower to supply turbines for first utility size wind farm in Alaska
The Eva Creek project will use 12 of REpower's Cold Climate Version (CCV) MM92 turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 78.5 metres. They are specifically designed for the harsh Alaskan climate.
Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for fall 2012.
Andreas Nauen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of REpower Systems SE, comments:
"This project demonstrates REpower's core competency in supplying extreme cold climate capable turbine technology. Our Cold Climate Version of the successful two-megawatt-series has been designed for sites with heavy temperature fluctuations and humid weather, and has already proven itself in projects in Québec, Canada and in Inner Mongolia, China. "
Eva Creek is the first project between GVEA and the German-based wind turbine manufacturer. Steve Dayney, Managing Director of REpower USA, states: "We are happy to be working with the team of GVEA for the first time and proud to install our first REpower turbines in Alaska. Eva Creek once again showcases our powerful turbine plant technology is well suited for all climatic conditions in the United States."
REpower USA Corp., headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has now installed or sold more than 400 wind turbines with a total power of more than 800 MW in the USA. Wind farms with REpower turbines have been constructed or installed in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, Indiana, New York and now Alaska to a diverse group of customers.
Golden Valley Electric Association is a member-owned cooperative owning and operating five power plants that provide power to nearly 100,000 Interior residents.
According to GVEA, the 24.6 megawatts project Eva Creek will meet its board's renewable energy pledge of having 20 percent of the system's peak load generated by renewable resources by 2014.
REpower Systems SE, a Suzlon group company, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location - with rated outputs of 1.8 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 126 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, foundation planning and construction as well as financial engineering. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the REpower TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven as well as Portugal and China.
With just under 2,500 employees worldwide, the company, which has been listed since March 2002 and is headquartered in Hamburg, can make use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of around 3,500 wind turbines around the world. REpower is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Poland and Spain as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia and Canada.
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