Nordex gets 150MW US wind nod

Developer Wind Works Power has named Germany’s Nordex as turbine supplier to its up-to 150MW Thunder Spirit project in the US state of North Dakota.

Ontario-based Wind Works Power said the order for up to 60 of Nordex’s 2.5MW machines keeps Thunder Spirit within the eligibility criteria for the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) incentive.

The two-stage Thunder Spirit has signed a power purchase agreement with Montana Dakota Utilities for the output from a 105MW first phase.

Nordex will deliver the turbines from June 2015, with project completion due by the end of that year, the developer said. Wind Works has a long-standing relationship with the German turbine-maker, and said it has used “several hundred megawatts” of Nordex machines over the last decade.

Wind Works Power announced the start of construction activity at the Thunder Spirit site in Hettinger just before Christmas.

Like other US developers it is arranging its activities to ensure that it meets the terms of the PTC as extended at the start of 2013, with the need to show progress in construction and project spending by the end of this year.

The current PTC lapses on New Year’s Day and any further extension will have to be thrashed out in the early part of 2014.