SMUD Orders Vestas Wind Turbines

Wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO) has received a 128-megawatts (MW) order from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for the Solano 3 project near Rio Vista, California, USA.

The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with up to a 15-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2011 and commissioning expected in early 2012.

The order consists of 24 V90-3.0 MW and 31 V90-1.8 MW turbines.

Vestas’ manufacturing operations in Colorado, USA, will produce the main components for the order. All blades for the Solano 3 project will be produced at Vestas’ blade factory in Windsor, all tower sections will be manufactured at Vestas’ factory in Pueblo, the nacelles for the V90-1.8 MW turbines will be assembled at Vestas’ factory in Brighton, and the V90-3.0 MW nacelles will be assembled in Denmark.

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, SMUD is a community-owned electric utility, governed by an elected Board of Directors, serving about 1.1 million people with electricity. SMUD, founded in 1946, is the sixth-largest public utility in the USA. 

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