Golden Valley Electric purchases turbines for wind farm 

Some good news from Golden Valley Electric Association. They’ve ordered the turbines for their Eva Creek wind farm near Healy. The utility plans to have the turbines up and running by 2012. The wind farm will be one of three on the Railbelt grid, which stretches from Homer to Fairbanks.  In addition to the 24.6-megawatt Eva Creek project, there already is a 1-megawatt wind farm operated in Delta Junction by Alaska Environmental Power, and Chugach Electric Association and CIRI Inc. plan to have an 17.6-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island up and running by the end of 2012. Alaska currently has about 15 megawatts of installed wind power so these two new projects combined will more than triple the amount of installed wind power in Alaska. In addition, several other wind projects are ongoing in Alaska, including in Kotzebue where the utility is adding an additional 1.8 megawatts of power to its existing wind farm.

PRESS Release from REpower Systems REpower Systems: REPower has signed a contract with Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) for the delivery of a total of 12 wind turbines. The turbines are destined for the Eva Creek Wind Project near the community of Ferry, for what will become the largest wind project in Alaska to date. The wind farm will generate a total output of 24.6 megawatts (MW). This will also be the first project with REpower turbines in Alaska.

The Eva Creek project will use 12 of REpower’s Cold Climate Version (CCV) MM92 turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 78.5 metres. They are specifically designed for the harsh Alaskan climate. Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for fall 2012.

Andreas Nauen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of REpower Systems SE, comments: “This project demonstrates REpower’s core competency in supplying extreme cold climate capable turbine technology. Our Cold Climate Version of the successful two-megawatt-series has been designed for sites with heavy temperature fluctuations and humid weather, and has already proven itself in projects in Québec, Canada and in Inner Mongolia, China. ”

Eva Creek is the first project between GVEA and the German-based wind turbine manufacturer. Steve Dayney, Managing Director of REpower USA, states: “We are happy to be working with the team of GVEA for the first time and proud to install our first REpower turbines in Alaska. Eva Creek once again showcases our powerful turbine plant technology is well suited for all climatic conditions in the United States.”

REpower USA Corp., headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has now installed or sold more than 400 wind turbines with a total power of more than 800 MW in the USA. Wind farms with REpower turbines have been constructed or installed in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, Indiana, New York and now Alaska to a diverse group of customers.

Golden Valley Electric Association is a member-owned cooperative owning and operating five power plants that provide power to nearly 100,000 Interior residents. According to GVEA, the 24.6 megawatts project Eva Creek will meet its board’s renewable energy pledge of having 20 percent of the system’s peak load generated by renewable resources by 2014. Read more

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