60 N90/2500 turbines commissioned in Colorado
Hamburg, 14 July 2011. Delivering on the potential that the American market holds for the wind industry, Nordex USA, Inc. announced completion of the largest project ever undertaken by Nordex Group. The 60 N90/2500 wind turbines at Cedar Creek 2 are commissioned. The logistical challenges of preparing and delivering a project of this size are significant. If the blades and towers for the project were placed end-to-end, they would stretch for 8 miles (13 km).
The wind farm, 20 miles north of New Raymer in Weld County in northeastern Colorado, is jointly owned by BP Wind Energy and Sempra Generation. The power produced by this 150 MW project, enough to supply 45,000 American homes, has been purchased by Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, under a 25-year agreement.
“We are pleased that BP chose Nordex turbines for Cedar Creek 2, one of the largest projects in Colorado. Our relationship with BP dates back to 2002 when Nordex first supplied turbines to one of their refinery sites in the Netherlands,” commented Ralf Sigrist, President and CEO of Nordex USA, Inc. “As a growing global company it is important for Nordex to build on its connections with existing customers to continue our expansion in America.”
The site’s strong wind resource made it a perfect location for Nordex’ high-yielding N90/2500 wind turbine with 80 m tower height. Recognized for its reliability, the machine is a stalwart in the company’s multi-megawatt Gamma generation – a proven product line with 11 years of operating history and more than 1,500 turbines on the grid.
Nordex was responsible for the turbine supply and commissioning and will continue to provide service and maintenance under a 5-year contract. The mile-high altitude required some special adaptations, including increasing the turbines’ heat exchanging capacity.
Nordex has both completed and current American installations totaling 500 MW in several states, including Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, and Idaho.