The Nordex Group has received a 312 MW order to supply 65 N149/4.0-4.5 turbines in 4.8MW operating mode to a wind farm in Texas.
The installation is expected to begin in May 2021 and the grid will be linked to the wind farm later in the same year.
Customer and project have not been disclosed.
“This order underscores again the growing interest of our US customers in the powerful turbines of the Delta4000 series. With regards to the N149/4.0-4.5 turbines with a 4.8 MW rated capacity, the Nordex Group is now delivering and installing 265 units, amounting meanwhile to 1,272 MW, of this model alone in North America. These turbines exceed the average nominal capacity of last year’s installed onshore turbines by more than 2 MW in the USA.”Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group.
The total nominal output of newly installed onshore wind turbines in North America last year was about 2.55 MW, according to association estimates, and not one single turbine of 4 MW or more was installed.
The vast majority of turbines built are rated from 2 MW to less than 3 MW even in the first half of 2020.
However, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), as of mid-2020, the number of proposed turbine projects with 4 MW or more increased to 5,079 MW in the USA, suggesting a move towards more near-future projects using powerful machines.