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Vestas received an order for two wind projects totaling 370 MW to repower Xcel Energy’s Pleasant Valley and Border Winds projects in the United States.
The order for the 213 MW Pleasant Valley project in Minnesota includes 97 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW operating mode, while the order for the 156 MW Border Winds project in North Dakota includes 71 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines delivered in 2.2 MW operating mode, which will update the existing V100-2.0 MW technology at both sites.
“Vestas and Xcel Energy have a strong history of bringing wind energy to local communities across the US and we look forward to continuing this partnership by extending the longevity and increasing the energy projection of current wind projects like Pleasant Valley in Minnesota and Border Winds in North Dakota,” said Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America. “Upgrading the site’s current technology will not only extend the lifespan of the project and bring clean energy to thousands of households, it will also provide needed economic opportunities to these communities.”
“As a national leader in wind energy, we’re pleased to work with Vestas on repowering two Upper Midwest wind farms which have long provided clean, affordable energy to our customers as well as economic benefits to surrounding communities. Advancing the technology at Pleasant Valley in Minnesota and Border Winds in North Dakota is important to our plan for achieving 85% carbon-free energy by 2030 in the region while keeping energy costs as low as possible,” said Chris Clark, President of Xcel Energy Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Both projects include the procurement, delivery, and commissioning of turbines, and Vestas will continue to maintain the turbines and give an energy-based availability guarantee to assure the asset’s optimal performance.
Both projects’ turbine deliveries will commence in the second quarter of 2025, with commissioning planned to conclude in the fourth quarter of 2025.