Vestas' small order sends a political signal

Amidst political uncertainty, the turbine manufacturer has announced a modest order in the US despite shrinking subsidies. However, it could turn into a promising and large order.

Photo: /ritzau/Carsten Ingemann

Vestas has received a 40 MW order from the US, not particularly notable in light of the fact that the average size of Vestas' announced US orders is 175 MW. The order concerns components, whereby a small part of a larger total order is made in advance in order to secure a tax discount, and it could ultimately add up to 400 MW – at least, if everything goes according to plan.

However, in terms of prospects the order represents an exciting development. This is the second time that Vestas has announced an order under the PTC scheme – the tax credit which functions as a wind subsidy mechanism in the US – which was reduced by 80 percent at the beginning of this year.

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