Two orders in the Americas for Vestas

Source: press releases, 30 September 2020

photo: Vestas
photo: Vestas

Vestas has announced that the global wind and solar development company, Mainstream Renewable Power has placed an order for the 109 MW Ckani wind park, to be located in the Antofagasta region, in Chile. The contract includes the supply and installation of 26 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

The 109 MW Ckani project, that was awarded in the auction held in 2016, adds to the more than 1.5 GW of Vestas’ turbines already installed or under construction in the country.

“We are delighted to announce this second partnership with Vestas in Chile and to continue working with them on the delivery of our Chilean renewable energy platform, Andes Renovables,” says Manuel Tagle, General Manager for Mainstream Chile and LATAM.

“We are proud to be partnering with Mainstream Renewable Power once again in Chile, after working together on the 185 MW Cerro Tigre wind project. We are certain that the competitiveness of our V150-4.2 MW turbine and our service capabilities will make a great contribution to optimise our customer’s business case,” says Sales Senior Director for Vestas LATAM South Cone, Andrés Gismondi.

The Ckani wind park is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021.

In 2001, Vestas pioneered wind energy in Chile with the 2 MW Alto Baguales wind park. With this new order, the company consolidates its 40% market share in the country.

PTC value
In the USA, Vestas has received a 22 MW order of 2 and 4 MW platform turbine components that qualify for the 60% PTC value from an undisclosed customer. These components will enable future wind energy projects that complete construction by the end of 2024.

The PTC terms set in the PATH act, passed by Congress in 2015, made the wind industry the first energy industry to agree to permanent tax reform and have resulted billions of dollars in wind energy investment in the US, including expansions in domestic manufacturing and supply chain, construction, transportation, tax revenue to local communities, and the addition of tens of thousands of jobs across the wind value chain.