Germany-based Nordex has connected two wind power projects in the US to the grid.


The wind farms equipped with Nordex turbines that went online at the start of this year include the 107.5MW Thunder Spirit project in North Dakota and the 30MW Fair Wind facility in Maryland.

Montana Dakota Utilities owns the Thunder Spirit project, which features 43 N100/2500 turbines.

The wind farm will generate about 430 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power around 31,000 households.

Allete Clean Energy developed the project with early influence from Wind Works Power.

Commenting on Nordex’s work on the project, Allete Clean Energy project development manager Wells McGiffert said: "Allete Clean Energy was pleased with Nordex’s execution."

Nordex built the Fair Wind wind farm for US energy firm Exelon. The project features 12 N100/2500 turbines.

Nordex said after a period of uncertainty, the US Government’s decision on the production tax credit considerably strengthened the American wind market.

The company noted that it sees great potential in the US because of its expanded product portfolio which now includes the turbines from Acciona Windpower.

Nordex acquired Acciona Windpower in a €785m deal. Combined, the new group has installed over 18GW of wind power capacity in over 25 markets globally, and generated sales of €3.4bn in 2015.

Image: Nordex Wind Power Tower: Photo: Courtesy of Nordex.