American dream for Gamesa
Spanish manufacturer Gamesa commissioned a record 1.34GW of wind capacity in North America during 2012.
The company put 674 turbines into operation at 18 wind farms across 13 states representing 10% of the US market for 2012, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Around 480MW was developed directly by the company.
Gamesa North America chairman David Flitterman said the boom in developments was a result of projects originally scheduled for 2013 being pulled into 2012, “due in part to concern that the federal Production Tax Credit would not be extended”.
He said: “The effect of that spurred the record level of 1.34GW of commissioned capacity for Gamesa and an all-time single-year high of more than 13GW across the entire industry.”
During 2012 Gamesa secured deals with six new customers and completed a multi-wind farm sales agreement with Algonquin Power and Utilities totaling 400MW.
The company installed 466MW in total in Pennsylvania at nine wind farms, representing about 35% of the state’s total installed capacity. Four of the projects were developed by Gamesa.
Image: Gamesa commissioned 1.34GW of wind in North America in 2012 (Gamesa)