Wind industry adds 2,800 MW in first quarter

29 April 2009 — The wind industry added more than 2,800 MW of capacity in the first quarter, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

From January to March, about three dozen developers brought on line wind farms in 15 states. Their projects added about twice the capacity added during the same period a year ago, according to an AWEA report.

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The largest project to come online during the quarter was Phase I of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Indiana. The 300 MW facility uses 180, 1.65 MW Vestas turbines and was developed by BP Alternative Energy and Dominion Energy. American Electric Power and Dominion are buying power from the facility.

AWEA said some 3,400 MW of capacity is under construction and expected to be completed this year or next. The largest of these projects is the 282 MW Gulf Wind facility in Texas. Using 118 Mitsubishi-supplied 2.4 MW turbines, the project is being developed by Babcock & Brown.

Most projects began construction in 2008 as the economy weakened, the association said. Some companies canceled projects when sources of credit tightened, especially from October to December.

Stories of interest:

Dominion, BP finish phase I of Indiana wind farm

AWEA: GE Energy led 2008 new wind installation