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Vestas Breaks 100 Gigawatt Mark

According to its own figures, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer exceeded the 100 gigawatt mark for its installations at the end of 2018 after almost 40 years.

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This milestone was reached by the installation of a V110-2.0 MW turbine in the Wind XI project of MidAmerican Energy in Iowa, USA.

Since the first installation of a V10-30 kW turbine in Denmark in 1979, Vestas has installed over 66,000 turbines in around 80 countries on six continents. In the meantime, the turbines have grown 'slightly' in size, and Vestas' largest onshore model is currently the V150-4.2 MW turbine.

“We have pioneered wind energy across the globe for 40 years, and to install 100 GW together with our customers and partners is something we are extremely proud of as it underlines how far Vestas and wind energy have come. It’s also a pleasure to celebrate this milestone with a key customer like MidAmerican Energy”, says Anders Runevad, Vestas President and CEO. “Reaching this milestone has required continuous innovation, strong commitment and great execution from all Vestas’ employees, and the 100 GW therefore represents a key part of the foundation that enables us to develop the sustainable energy solutions of the future”.

Based on global average electricity, 100 GW of wind energy saves around 129 million tonnes of CO2 annually, equalling CO2 emissions from:

  • 141 billion pounds of burned coal
  • 298 million barrels of oil
  • 22.54 million U.S. homes yearly electricity use
  • 33 coal-fired power plants
  • Carbon sequestered from 152 million acres of forest
Windfair Staff
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