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Vestas conquers the throne in the US

For the first time in a long time, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer is leading in the world's second-largest market and looks set to maintain a first-place position. Siemens, on the other hand, is falling behind.

Photo: Frank Boutrup Schmidt/Vestas

On Dec. 21, the wind farm Great Western in the US state of Oklahoma became operational. In their own right, the farm's 225 MW, purchased from tech-giant Google, is significant in themselves. But what is more is that they secured Vestas the title of largest supplier to the US market in 2016, marking the first time this has happened in modern wind turbine history.

With 3.53 GW installed capacity, the Danish manufacturer has erected 115 MW more than the historic leader GW, which installed 3.42 GW on its domestic market last year. This is the first time since GE took over Enron's wind business in 2002 that the US company has been forced to take second place. All in all, 8,203 MW were installed in the US.

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