-- 87.5 MW to be Added at Two Locations in USA's Leading State for Wind Energy -- Repeat Orders for Nordex' Proven N100/2500 From RPM Access
CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nordex USA, Inc.
Access, LLC for their Hawkeye Wind Farm in Fayette County and Rippey Wind
Farm in Green County. The new orders for 35 N100/2500 increase Nordex'
capacity in Iowa to 130 MW, enough to generate electricity for 39,000 homes.
The power from the two new wind farms has been purchased by Central Iowa
Power Cooperative under a long term agreement. They will join the company's
Elk Wind Farm in Delaware County where installation and commissioning of 17
Nordex N100/2500 have recently been completed. The success of that project
was critical to the RPM Access decision to again choose Nordex wind
"Nordex has consistently demonstrated the ability to act quickly, flexibly
and responsively. Our trust in them and in the quality of their proven 2.5
MW product platform convinced us that they were the right turbine supply
partner for these important projects," commented Stephen Dryden, Principal
of RPM Access.
Construction work for both locations has already begun with turbine delivery
scheduled for May 2012 for Rippey and June for Hawkeye.
Commercial operation for both projects is slated to begin by October 2012.
The turbine nacelles will be produced at Nordex' year-old plant in
Jonesboro, Arkansas. The projects will create 60-70 jobs during the
construction and on-going full-time employment for another 6-8, as the
contract calls for delivery, installation, commissioning and testing of the
turbines, along with a 12-year Premium Service contract. In recognition of
the harsh winter conditions in the area, the turbines will include Nordex'
cold climate package.
"It is especially rewarding to conclude this second set of contracts with
RPM Access, one of the Midwest's leading project developers," said Ralf
Sigrist, President & CEO of Nordex USA, Inc. "We appreciate their vote of
confidence in our technology, our reliability, and our capabilities as a
company. We're also proud to become an even larger contributor to Iowa's
leadership position as first in the nation with 20% of all its electricity
generated from wind."
The Hawkeye Wind Farm, with 15 turbines and capacity of 37.5 MW, is about 50
miles northeast of Waterloo, Iowa. Rippey Wind Farm, with 20 turbines and
capacity of 50 MW is about 50 miles northwest of Des Moines, Iowa.
By the end of 2011 Nordex will have installed 447.5 MW of its 2.5 MW
turbines in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho
and Iowa and more than 3,850 MW of such turbines worldwide since the year
As one of the leading technological providers of turbines in the megawatt
class, Nordex benefits from the global trend to larger wind turbines. The
company's product range includes some of the largest serial wind turbines in
the world - the Gamma Generation (N80/2500, N90/2500, N100/2500, and
N117/2400). Nordex is one of the few wind turbine producers with more than
26 years of experience, now operating in 18 countries and employing over
2,700 people worldwide, including more than 200 in the United States. There
are currently more than 4,700 Nordex wind turbines rotating in 38 countries
with a total rated output of more than 7,100 Megawatts. The company's global
headquarters is located in Hamburg, Germany, with US headquarters in
About RPM Access, LLC: RPM Access, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa,
is an independent developer, owner and operator of wind projects with its
main focus on the development of high quality wind farms in the Midwest.
Over the last ten years RPM Access developed and built 530 megawatts of
operating wind farms located in Iowa. For more