Siemens Gamesa has reached two agreements with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to repower three wind farms in Texas and bring them to a total of 508 MW.
Under the first agreement, Siemens Gamesa will repower 362 of Vestas’ V47 wind turbines at the Indian Mesa and Woodward wind farms, which includes a hardware and control upgrade bringing each turbine’s output from 660 KW to 710 KW each. This project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
The second agreement will see Siemens Gamesa repower 210 units of legacy Bonus 1.3 MW turbines originally installed at the King Mountain wind farm in 2001. The company said this will be the first 1.3 MW-class repowering for any manufacturer.
Once the project is complete, King Mountain is expected to become more reliable.
“We highly value our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Resources,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Service Business Unit. “As a multi-brand service provider, we can enhance the performance of V47 turbines with our cutting-edge solutions by delivering maximum performance and optimal energy output, allowing NextEra Energy Resources to achieve the best possible return on their investment.”
Siemens Gamesa has maintained wind turbines from other manufacturers since 2010.