Wind Energy

ACCIONA passes the figure of 200 wind parks installed in Spain

The Peña Nebina wind park is located at Ferreruela (Zamora) and has a capacity of 20 MW spread across ten 2 MW wind turbines. With an estimated investment of around € 28.6 million, it will generate clean energy equivalent to the consumption of 17,000 homes. The construction of the wind park has meant the creation of around 200 direct jobs.

45 MW for Estonia

The Paldiski Wind Farm is operated by the power supply companies Eesti Energia AS und Nelja Energio OÜ, each of which will be purchasing nine GE 2.5-100 turbines. GE has in return agreed to provide full maintenance services for the first ten years. The turbines are to be delivered in spring 2012, and the farm is scheduled for grid connection later in the same year.

Dewind erects 160 MW in Oklahoma

In total, the Novus Project, in the so-called Oklahoma Panhandle in the far west of the state will consist of wind turbines with a capacity of 370 MW. Dewind wants to connect the first phase of 80 MW to the grid at the beginning of 2012. In further phases, the company plans to use new turbine models that are still being developed in addition to the 2 MW D9.2.

Suurhiekka approved

The Suurhiekka project will be built in shallows some 25 km off of the northern Finnish coast in the Gulf of Bothnia and will produce enough power annually for 300,000 homes. The approval, according to WPD, already includes an environmental impact study. Technical certification is all that is needed before construction can begin. The wind farm is slated to go on line in 2014.

Cash for British offshore research

The centre will be set up in Edinburgh. The Japanese group will also take over the Scottish company Artemis Intelligent Power (AIP), which develops, among other things, drive technology for wind turbines. The takeover will safeguard 25 jobs at the company and create another 30 engineering posts.

3 GW of wind energy in Mexico by 2014

The cost of this expansion is expected to be around US$ 5 billion. The Mexican government supports the wind energy market, for example by allowing the tax-free import of components and tax incentives for depreciation.

Municipal utilities head out to sea

After a year of negotiations, the supervisory board and the shareholders decided on 13th July to purchase the offshore wind power station with a capacity of 400 MW: the company SüdWestStrom Windpark GmbH was founded for this purpose. The equity capital amounts to € 500 million, and UniCredit Group is providing a credit line of € 1 billion.

LM Wind Power opens service centre in Texas

According to the company, this centre will serve as the southern operation base for the LM Wind turbine blade repair business with wind farm installations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Robert Burger, LM Vice President, Service Americas explained: “The new service centre in Abilene is one of LM Wind Power`s six fully staffed North American service centres.

GE invests € 340 million in European offshore industry

In total, GE intends to invest around € 340 million in facilities for the development, production and maintenance of offshore turbines in Great Britain, Sweden, Norway and Germany. At the centre of the expansion plans is the development of a new gearless 4 MW turbine. The concern obtained the technology through the takeover of the Norwegian company ScanWind in September 2009.

India: Generation based incentive

The Indian government offers accelerated 80 % depreciation on renewable energy projects to attract investors, however, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) were not able to avail of the accelerated depreciation provision.