Capital Power, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has placed an order with Vestas for 29 V126-3.45 MW turbines for its New Frontier Wind Project. The order is Capital Power’s second onshore wind development project in the U.S.
“Capital Power has more than 10 years of experience operating Vestas turbines and we look forward to building on this longstanding relationship with Vestas at New Frontier Wind, our second wind development project in the United States,” said Darcy Trufyn, Capital Power Senior Vice President, Operations, Engineering, and Construction.
The 99-megawatt New Frontier facility is located on approximately 10,700 acres of privately-owned lands in McHenry County, North Dakota. Commercial operation of the facility is expected to commence in December of 2018.
The project cost is expected to cost approximately $145 million.
North Dakota has nearly 3,000 MW of installed wind capacity, serving more than 4,000 wind jobs and generating more than 20 percent of the state’s electricity. In 2016, the U.S. wind industry added jobs nine times faster than the overall US economy and today there are over 102,000 wind power workers – more than coal, nuclear, hydro or gas.
“Vestas is proud of its longstanding relationship with Capital Power, and we are honored to deliver the economic benefits and jobs generated in North Dakota by this project”, said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement.