Wind power News for May 2012

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Moventas wins contract to supply gearboxes to Areva

The Euro 80 million deal is for supply of the company's 5MW medium speed wind gear.

Vestas ready to construct five new wind projects in South Africa

The South African Department of Energy has selected one of the most prominent wind energy contractors to build five new wind farm projects in the country.

Nordex points to stronger second half of year

The German Nordex Group has announced an 8.3 percent increase in sales in the first quarter of 2012 (€198.3 million compared with €183.1 m last year), but operating profit was restrained by below-average capacity utilisation and lower margins on projects.

US Department of the Interior to review offshore wind power proposal

A top U.S. government agency, the Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced that it intends to proceed with a review of plans by Atlantic Grid Holdings to develop an offshore wind grid.

Janneby wind testing site ready to open

It will reportedly be the only independent wind turbine testing site in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

GE to supply 95 MW to Polish utility scale wind projects

38 of GE's 2.5 MW wind turbines will be used for projects in northern Poland, and the company will also build a service centre to provide long-term local support.

Gamesa halts U.S. offshore wind prototype installation

The company blames the U.S. market and regulatory conditions for postponing installation of the offshore prototype near Cape Charles, Va. - which the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) approved earlier this year.

First Wind starts construction of 105 MW wind farm in Washington

First Wind has started construction of its first wind project in Washington state - the 105 MW Palouse Wind farm in northern Whitman County.

ACCIONA installs AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines in North America

ACCIONA Windpower is installing two of its AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines at Pioneer Grove in Cedar County, Iowa, USA, marking the first installation of the turbines in North America.

Overcapacity and new players keep wind turbine prices down

Contracts signed for wind turbines in the second half of 2011 for delivery in 2013 fell 4% to €0.91 million/MW from 6 months earlier, with overcapacity and new players keeping prices for utility-scale wind turbines down, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Wind Turbine Price Index (WTPI).

RenewableUK says CPRE concern over wind turbines is “misplaced”

RenewableUK says the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's (CPRE) concern about over-development of onshore wind turbines is “misplaced”, as the actual number of wind turbines for England is less than a sixth of CPRE's figure of 12,000.

Vestas loss near doubled in Q1 – postpones V164 prototype

Vestas' loss almost doubled in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 to €162 million, compared with a loss of €85m in the same period last year, as the company continues to struggle – and it is postponing the prototype of the new V164 7 MW offshore wind turbine.