Goldwind achieves key milestone

Goldwind says it has achieved the fourth and final milestone of GL Garrad Hassan’s criteria for ‘Commercially Proven Status’ in North America: 100 equivalent wind turbine years of operation above 95% availability in the market.

This milestone is widely regarded among western industry participants and project lenders as the final threshold to be considered “financeable.” 

The Chinese vendor says a leading European engineer independently validated its 1.5MW permanent magnet direct-drive platform operating in North America at more than 98% average availability – well above that which is required to satisfy the GL Garrad Hassan.

 “I am proud of the team we’ve assembled at Goldwind USA.  Over the past three years each member has had to execute on our market entry strategy to achieve this milestone,” says Tim Rosenzweig, chief executive of Goldwind in the Americas.