Vestas reports that the contract includes delivery and commissioning along with up to a 15-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2011 and commissioning expected in early 2012.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is a highly respected long-time customer of Vestas and one of the leading utilities in the use of renewable energy,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “We are extremely pleased to work with SMUD to help create more clean energy in California.”

Vestas' manufacturing operations in Colorado, USA, will produce the main components for this order. All blades for the Solano 3 project will be produced at Vestas' blade factory in Windsor, all tower sections will be manufactured at Vestas' factory in Pueblo, the nacelles for the V90-1.8 MW turbines will be assembled at Vestas' factory in Brighton, and the V90-3.0 MW nacelles will be assembled in Denmark.

Previously, Vestas supplied SMUD 23 V47-660 kW turbines for Solano 1 in 2005 and 29 V90-3.0 MW turbines for Solano 2 in 2007, which was the first project in North America to use V90-3.0 MW turbines.