Industry leaders offer forecasts for 2010 wind installation

Executives from nine wind turbine gave their outlook for total wind capacity ithey expect to see installed during 2010. Consensus was new installations of 5,000 to 6,000 MW of capacity, which would be a decline from the nearly 10,000 MW installed during 2009.

Andris Cukurs, Suzlon: His company plans to install 700 MW across eight to 10 projects.
Steve Dayney, REPower: Industry-wide 5,280 MW, a number he said matches the altitude of his company’s U.S. base in Denver.
Scott Gros, Vestas: 5,500 to 6,000 MW, but could be greater if the federal Investment Tax Credit is extended by Congress.
Ted Matley, GE: 5,000 to 6,000 MW.
Michael Revak, Siemens: 6,000 to 7,000 MW.
Ralf Sigrist, Nordex: His company plans to install 200 MW in 2010.
David Takash, Gamesa: 5,000 MW, but that number could “creep to 8,000 MW” depending on federal policy directions.
Charles Vaughan, Clipper: 3,500 MW currently is under construction and 500 MW was added in the first quarter. Based on those numbers he expects installations to be “on the low end” of 5,000 MW.
Perry Wozney, Acciona: Forecasts the number will be closer to 5,000 MW than to 8,000 MW.