Vestas Extends Services For B.C.’s Dokie Wind Farm
Alterra Power Corp. and funds managed by Axium Infrastructure Inc. have extended a service contract for the 144 MW Dokie wind farm, situated in the Peace River District of northern British Columbia.
Vestas has been providing operations and maintenance services at the wind farm since the commencement of operations in 2011.
Now, the extension renews the project service agreement through 2031.
“We are pleased to enter into this new contract,” comments Paul Rapp, Alterra’s vice president of wind. “We have enjoyed a great partnership with Vestas over the past five years and are pleased to continue this relationship into the future.”
According to Axium, 100% of the power produced by the project is sold to BC Hydro under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Firm Notes Good Progress With 2017 Orders
Broadwind Energy Inc. has announced $23 million in new wind tower orders from undisclosed customers.
The company plans to produce the towers in its Manitowoc, Wis., and Abilene, Texas, facilities. Broadwind expects delivery to take place this year.
Stephanie Kushner, president and CEO of the company, notes that Broadwind has booked more than $250 million in new tower orders this year.
“Both of our tower manufacturing facilities are operating consistently, and a good portion of our 2017 capacity is under contract,” she says.
ACCIONA Powers Up Texas Wind Farm
ACCIONA Energy’s San Roman Wind Farm is now operating commercially near Brownsville, Texas.
The 93 MW project is ACCIONA’s eighth wind farm in the U.S. and brings the company’s total U.S. wind capacity to 721 MW. ACCIONA also has 181 MW of operational wind power capacity in Canada (in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick) and 556 MW in Mexico (all in Oaxaca).
The San Roman Wind Farm comprises 31 AW125/3000 turbines manufactured by Nordex/ACCIONA Windpower. (The companies completed their big merger earlier this year.) Each turbine has a rotor diameter of 125 meters and is mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower.
Owner and operator ACCIONA also served as general contractor during San Roman’s construction, which was completed in approximately 11 months.
“ACCIONA is proud to complete this latest addition to our U.S. renewable energy portfolio and become a part of the community here in Cameron County,” comments Ilya Hartmann, CEO of ACCIONA Energy for North America.
According to the company, the new facility will produce enough electricity to power more than 30,000 Texas homes. Over its 25-year life span, San Roman is expected to generate $30 million in tax revenue for local school districts and other public services, as well as more than $25 million in lease payments to local landowners.
ACCIONA says it performed extensive wildlife studies prior to construction and conducted a social impact analysis to understand the project’s effect on local stakeholders. Based on the analysis, ACCIONA chose to establish a scholarship fund and a community benefit fund to support education and job growth in the area.
Silicon Valley Power Grabs California Wind PPA
Salt Lake City-based independent power producer sPower has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Silicon Valley Power (SVP) – the municipal electric utility of Santa Clara, Calif. – for 49.5 MW of wind.
The power will be bought from sPower’s Sand Hill Wind facilities, which will be constructed within California’s Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area.
sPower anticipates erecting up to 25 wind turbines for the project, which is expected to enter commercial operations before the end of 2020.
“The Altamont Pass is just 40 miles from our service territory,” comments Steve Hance, SVP’s electric division manager. “It’s great that our local community will benefit directly from increased renewable energy and the favorable economics afforded by the Sand Hill Wind project – and also indirectly from the local job creation and generation of new state and local tax revenues.”
Ryan Creamer, sPower’s CEO, adds, “sPower is excited about developing its first wind farm in California, especially given SVP’s initiatives to create a cleaner energy future for the City of Santa Clara’s residents and businesses.”