Nordex to supply 15 turbines for Italian wind farm

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HAMBURG, GERMANY: Falck Renewables has ordered 15 wind power systems from Nordex with a total effective output of 37.5 MW for the San Sostene project in the region of Calabria

The turbines are being supplied under a master agreement signed by Nordex and Falck in 2008, in which up to 250 MW can be called in by 2011. Nordex will be delivering and erecting the 15 turbines for San Sostene as of July 2009. The wind turbine manufacturer signed the contract with Eolica Sud Srl, a subsidiary of Falck.

The San Sostene wind farm is located near the village of the same name in the Calabrian province of Catanzaro. The 15 Nordex turbines are an extension of the first construction phase, which is already in the process of installation. The wind farm is due to be completed at the beginning of next year. The turbines will be erected in a mountainous region at elevations of between 950 and 1,200 metres, an attractive location with superior wind speeds, according to Nordex.

The 15 model N80/2500 strong-wind turbines will be able to generate an annual energy yield of approximately 80 gigawatt hours, sufficient to provide 20,000 households with electricity and simultaneously avoiding green house gas emissions of approximately 80,000 tons.

For the first quarter of 2009, Nordex has received orders with guaranteed funding worth a total of around EUR234 million (US$307.5 million), compared to fourth quarter 2008 orders of EUR80 million (US$105 million).

“Demand from our customers continues to be strong. However, it is above all gratifying to note that they are increasingly able to finance their projects via lending banks,” said Nordex CEO Thomas Richterich.

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