Acciona Windpower, with a wind turbine assembly plant in West Branch, has completed more than 500 megawatts of orders so far this year to supply its AW3000 3-megawatt wind turbines for projects in North and South America.
With the orders, Acciona Windpower has finalized agreements that bring the total use of the AW3000 wind turbines to generate more than 1 gigawatt of electricity.
In addition to projects operating AW3000 turbines in the United States and Spain, Acciona Windpower’s footprint for the AW3000 will extend to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Poland and South Africa.
All 1 gigawatt of new wind turbine orders are expected to be in operation by the end of 2015. The company, a subsidiary of Acciona Energy of Spain, is still taking additional orders for delivery in 2014 and future years.
"Acciona Windpower is gaining momentum in the market by focusing on technological innovations that lower the cost of energy and give our customers’ projects a competitive edge," said Jose Luis Blanco, chief executive officer of Acciona Windpower. "The growing order book and performance of AW3000 turbines is attracting interest from customers worldwide."
Over half the orders specify Acciona Windpower's 120-meter concrete tower, which allows for cost-effective capture of more wind energy at taller heights. The concrete towers also can be built on-site, which increases the local content of a project.
Acciona Windpower has two assembly plants in Spain along with its North American plant in West Branch. It also has a turbine blade manufacturing facility in Spain.
Since 2004 Acciona Windpower has manufactured wind turbines for more than 4,000 megawatts of wind generation installed or contracted in 17 countries.