Vestas adds to US wind capacity

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has received an order for 303 units of its 1.65MW wind turbine from Alliant Energy Corporation.


Danish wind turbine giant Vestas has received an order for 303 units of its 1.65 MW wind turbine from Alliant Energy Corporation, a public utility based in Madison, Wisconsin.


The turbines will have a total installed capacity of 500MW and will be delivered to wind power projects in the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Vestas will deliver and commission the turbines starting in 2009 and continuing through 2010 and 2011.


A recent report released by the US Department of Energy shows that wind power could provide 20 per cent of the country’s electricity needs by 2030.


In 2007, new wind projects accounted for about 30 per cent of the entire new power-generating capacity added in the USA.