Vestas signs 40 MW order in Nicaragua
Vestas, a world leader in wind energy, recently signed an order for a total capacity of 39.6 MW consisting of 22 units of V100-1.8 MW turbines located in Hacienda La Fe, Rivas, Nicaragua.
The contract comprises supply and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline®
The order has been placed by Blue Power & Energy S.A (BPE) – a company specialized in the development of wind power projects. Delivery of the first turbines is expected to start in 2011 and the project is expected to be commercially operational during the first half of 2012.
Joaquin Cuadra L., Blue Power & Energy CEO, declares: “Having a supplier as reliable as Vestas has made it easier for us to obtain financial closure. Vestas brought reliability and confidence not only to the banks, but also to the developers. We are very pleased to have Vestas as our wind turbine supplier.”
Marcelo Tokman Ramos, Vice President of Vestas South America, expresses: “We are extremely proud of this order, which will be the very first Vestas wind power plant in Nicaragua. We look forward to supporting the development of wind power in the country and building a fruitful and long-term relationship with BPE.” And he adds: “The fact that they have chosen Vestas as supplier for their first wind power plant reflects their trust in our proven technology, our global experience and our local capabilities. Hopefully, this project will lay the grounds for a future cooperation on other projects in the region.”
“With this new project we are taking a first big step in Nicaragua. Our positioning in Central America and in Latin America, in general, is clearly reinforced with this order. It directly supports Vestas’ strategy of entering new markets to promote the development of wind power, so that it becomes a source on a par with other energy sources,” says Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean.
The wind power plants of this order will produce approximately 150 GWh per year, which corresponds to an annual emission saving of about 29,400 tons of CO2 compared with average Nicaraguan electricity.
Vestas has been operating in Latin America for almost two decades. As of 31 December 2010, Vestas had delivered a cumulative capacity to Latin American markets of 590 MW for projects in Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Since 1 January 2011 until present date, Vestas has signed firm orders in Latin America for 472 MW of new capacity. Altogether, this represents a total capacity allocation to Latin America of more than 1,000 MW.
This press release appeared first on Vestas webiste: http://www.vestas.com/