Release Date: 12/16/2013
Location: Des Moines IA
AVAILON NORTH AMERICA HAS BEEN SELECTED AS O&M SERVICES PROVIDER TO ACCIONA’S BIG SMILE WIND FARM AT DEMPSEY RIDGE IN OKLAHOMA
Availon, Inc., a premier Independent Service Provider (ISP) to the wind power industry in North America is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a long-term contract to provide a full scope of Operation & Maintenance services, including scheduled and unscheduled services, to the Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge near Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The farm is owned by ACCIONA Energy North America. It employs 66 Gamesa G90 2.0MW turbines totaling 132 MW.
ACCIONA owns and operates nearly 900 MW of renewable energy projects in the US and Canada. The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge is ACCIONA’s third renewable-energy project in the state of Oklahoma. This location is Availon’s first long term O&M contract in the state. Well known for its vast oil and natural gas reserves, Oklahoma is being recognized for its wind resources as well, currently ranking in the top 10 U.S. states for wind-energy potential. The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge delivers enough clean energy to power over 46,000 homes.
To assure the efficient fulfillment of its contractual obligations, Availon is establishing an on-site field office staffed with a site manager and a team of experienced wind technicians.
John Boorman, Availon North America’s Director of Sales and Marketing, commented: “We at Availon are very proud that a major world player in renewable energy as ACCIONA has placed their trust in us. Availon, with its solid expertise with megawatt-class wind turbines, is uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive O&M services to the Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge."
Availon Inc. has been in wind related industries for 30+ years. Availon has over 300 employees and 2,000 MW of turbines under O&M contract worldwide, with 7 business units including USA, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
Availon specializes in wind turbine spare parts supply and management for GE, Vestas®, Siemens®, Suzlon, Gamesa turbines and many other makes. Availon other services include: end of warranty inspections; high-tech engineering upgrades; individual turbine optimization; remote monitoring and operations & maintenance. Availon is the first independent wind turbine service provider to be both ISO 9001 certified and fully certified by Germanischer Lloyd in staff
training, troubleshooting and repair processes.
ACCIONA Energy is a global clean energy operator with over 20 years of industry experience and strong presence in five renewable technologies for electricity production. It has installed almost 10,000 MW clean electricity generation, of which it owns 8,476 MW located in fourteen countries. The Company owns and operates 235 wind farms (7,135 MW), 80 hydroelectric plants (912 MW) 6 solar thermal power plants (314 MW), one of the largest photovoltaic plants in the world (46 MWp) and three biomass plants (57 MW). ACCIONA produces wind turbines using proprietary technology, is a developer of proprietary and third party projects and is present
throughout the wind energy value chain.
It belongs to the ACCIONA Group, one of the major Spanish corporations, with operations in
infrastructure, energy, water and services in more than 30 countries. Its slogan "Pioneers in development and sustainability” reflects its commitment in all activities contribute to economic growth, social progress and environmental protection, a commitment recognized by its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) and FTSE4Good. ACCIONA is quoted on the Ibex-35, has a workforce of about 33,000 professionals and achieved sales of 7,016
million euros in 2012. www.acciona-na.com
*The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge is named in memory of Jennifer “Jen” Koop-Krass, a former ACCIONA Energy North America employee who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 2011. ACCIONA named the wind farm in honor of Krass’ accomplishments and her ever-present, big smile.