Chicago, February 24, 2012 — Nordex USA, Inc. will be supplying 34 wind turbines to Exelon Wind for the Beebe Community Wind Farm in Gratiot County, Michigan.
The 81.6 MW wind farm will be the first in the U.S. to use the Nordex N117/2400 wind turbine, part of the company's Gamma Generation product family, designed to maximize output in light wind conditions.
The 2.4 MW wind turbines, on 91-meter towers, will be located on 21,000 acres near Ithaca, Michigan, about 45 miles north of the state capital of Lansing.
The electricity generated by the project, sufficient to power more than 27,000 homes, will be supplied to Consumers Energy of Jackson, Michigan, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Work will start on the site in May 2012 in preparation for delivery of the turbines beginning in September 2012. Nordex will be responsible for delivery, installation, commissioning and testing of the turbines and will provide ongoing maintenance under a 20-year service contract. Production of the turbine nacelles will take place at the Nordex manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Beebe Community Wind Farm is the first project that Nordex USA has developed, after entering a joint venture last year with the local developer who initiated the project.
Nordex has both completed and planned installations totaling 626.6 MW of its multi-megawatt range of turbines in locations across the country including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Idaho, Colorado and Texas.