Danish-run Vestas will sell 190 V90-3.0 MW turbines for Terra-Gen’s Alta Wind Energy Centre near Tehachapi, California, in the United States.

The deal, says Martha Wyrsch, president of Vestas Americas, is also the largest the firm has ever received for one site.

As well as that financing of the Alta project is the largest for a North American wind-energy project and the first wind-energy leveraged lease to be placed in debt capital markets.

“The entire Vestas team looks forward to helping Terra-Gen bring this exceptional project to reality”, said Ms Wyrsch.

“When completed, it will be the largest wind farm we will have supplied turbines to in our 31-year history as well as the biggest in California.

“Terra-Gen has selected an excellent turbine and service package. We will work closely with their financiers and customers to make this project successful.”

The first 50 turbines will be commissioned by the end of 2010 and the remaining ones will be online in the first half of 2011.

Terra-Gen chief executive, Jim Pagano, added: “The project represents an important expansion to the renewable generating base of California and helps us advance our nation’s goals of achieving energy independence in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Luke Walsh

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