Windstar Turbines to be Installed at Rate of 10 MW per week
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VANCOUVER, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Gamesa, a world-leading player in the design,
manufacture and maintenance of wind turbines, has been awarded a
contract to supply a total of 10 MW of capacity for the wind farm being
developed by Western Wind Energy Corporation. The power from the
project will be sold to UniSource Electric Inc.
This is the second contract Gamesa has signed with Western Wind Energy
in the last month and its first contract in Arizona, a new foothold for
the company in the US wind market.
The farm will be comprised of five G90-2.0 MW wind turbines on 78-meter
towers. Gamesa will oversee the wind turbine installation, which is
planned for April 2011.
Western Wind Energy Corp. is utilizing funds from the Section 1603
Program to partially fund the construction of this wind farm. This
program, created as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that was enacted in February 2009, provides an optional cash
payment for developers in lieu of a 30 percent investment tax credit
(ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).
Gamesa has been operating in the US since 2005; it has two manufacturing
plants in Pennsylvania employing over 800 people and with production
capacity of over 1,000 MW/year.
The US market, which Gamesa has designated as strategic, accounts for
22% of the company's total worldwide wind turbine generator sales.
Gamesa expects to steadily increase its presence and sales in the
region: it projects 15% average annual growth in sales in the US
between 2009 and 2013.
About Gamesa (www.gamesacorp.com)
With more than 15 years of experience, Gamesa is one of the world's
leading companies in the design, manufacture, installation and
maintenance of wind generators; to date, it has installed close to
20,000 MW in twenty-seven countries on four continents.
Gamesa is also a world leader in the development, construction and sale
of wind farms, having installed over 3,500 MW, and it has a portfolio
of more than 22,000 MW of wind farms at varying stages of development
in Europe, America and Asia.
The company has 30 production facilities in Europe, the US, China and
India, annual production capacity of 4,400 MW, and over 7,000 employees
About Western Wind Energy Corp.
Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy production
company that currently has by way of 100% direct ownership, over 500
wind turbines with 165 MW of net rated capacity either in production or
in construction, and a further 311 MW of priority expansion development
assets in the States of California, Arizona and the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico. In addition the company has a 1,300 MW California
Western Wind is in the business of owning and acquiring land sites,
assets and technology for the production of electricity from wind and
solar energy. Management of Western Wind includes individuals involved
in the operations and ownership of utility scale wind energy facilities
in California since 1981.
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Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
Chief Executive Officer
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