Apex Clean Energy has awarded a contract to Denmark-based wind turbine maker Vestas to repower its Downeast Wind project in the US state of Maine.

Vestas’ scope of work includes the supply, delivery and commissioning of 30 of its V150-4.2 MW turbines.

The Danish corporation will also service the turbines under a multi-year active output management 5000 agreement.

Delivery of the turbines is expected to start in the second quarter of next year, with commissioning set to take place in the fourth quarter of the same year.

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Vestas North America president Laura Beane said: “Our strong partnership with Apex Clean Energy continues to bring wind energy to local communities across the US and we look forward to the Downeast Wind project creating clean energy for the State of Maine.

“With our industry-leading 4MW platform, one of the most popular platforms sold globally, we will help bring Maine one step closer to achieving its goal of 80% of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050.”

Apex Clean Energy CEO Ken Young said: “Our long-standing partnership with Vestas is pivotal to realising our mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy across the country.

“As our portfolio expands, we remain committed to building renewable energy projects that not only accelerate the transition but also directly benefit the communities we work with.”

Once built, the Downeast Wind project will produce sufficient energy to meet the needs of more than 37,000 households annually.

The project in rural Washington County, Maine, is estimated to cost more than $235m.

During its construction phase, more than 300 direct jobs and more than 600 indirect jobs could be created. Throughout this period, the state could benefit from more than $156m in direct, indirect and induced spending.

Additionally, during its operational phase, six full-time jobs could be created.

In its expected 30-year lifespan, the wind farm is projected to pump up to $30m into the county by supporting local merchants, contractors, equipment suppliers and others.