Developing Renewable Energy Projects in North America

Unlocking the full value of the clean energy transition for our community and industry partners

Steelhead Americas

Steelhead Americas is Vestas’ development arm in North America. Vestas is solely devoted to renewable energy solutions and is the leading global manufacturer and service provider of wind turbines. Steelhead Americas was formed in 2015 to identify and develop new locations for renewable energy projects in North America that support Vestas technology.

We leverage our access to Vestas’ latest turbine technology and leading service operations to advance in existing markets and unlock new geographic markets in North America to further our goal of a sustainable future led by renewable energy. With the global backing and resources of Vestas, we offer customized solutions to create and acquire new wind and solar assets. 

We specialize in all stages of the development process including:

  1. Landowner agreements

  2. Permitting

  3. Project design

  4. Financing

  5. Procurement and construction
Our Vision:

Combining a full spectrum of development expertise with Vestas’ leading technology, Steelhead Americas is dedicated to unlocking the full value of the clean energy transition for our community and industry partners.

We are committed to building and maintaining partnerships with:

1.4 GW

Of renewable energy projects developed to date

3 GW

Of renewable energy projects in the pipeline

10 States

Developing renewable energy projects in North America across 10 states


The Glass Sands Wind Facility in Oklahoma, developed by Steelhead Americas and acquired by Southern Power, is now operational.
118 MW

28 Vestas turbines were installed, bringing 118 MW of clean energy to the state.

50,000 Homes

This is enough to power 50,000 US homes.

250 Jobs

The project employed 250 workers at peak construction.

Steelhead Americas in the News

Landowners & Communities 

We build meaningful partnerships with landowners and local communities to bring renewable energy to new areas, which:

  1. Spurs local jobs

  2. Boosts local economies and supports local businesses & suppliers

  3. Provides annual lease payments and an additional cash-crop to landowners while maintaining current land use

  4. Increases local tax revenue

  5. Provides reliable, affordable energy

Our Approach:

Industry Experts:
We carefully select locations that support the community and responsibly meet emerging marketing demands.

Clear Communication:
We keep landowners and communities informed on project news and any actions that might relate to your property, business, or day-to-day activities.  

A Local Approach:
A community approach is ingrained into our mission. We take an active role in working with landowners, agencies, partners, and companies throughout the development process.

A Fair Shake:
We tailor landowner agreements to a specific area and market and provide a value proposition that fairly compensates landowners and makes the project attractive for investment by utilities and corporate buyers.  

Owners & Investors 

Customized Solutions:
We partner with diverse customers and support any or all parts of the development process. We offer customized renewable energy solutions to help our customers succeed in the market and manage risks.

Continuous Innovation:
We are backed by Vestas, the global leader in wind energy, and have direct access to the latest, world-class turbine technology and leading service operations to ensure optimal value. We leverage new product development and on-going innovation to open new markets.

Financial Security:
We are able to carry projects through their 30+ year lifecycle, ensuring successful execution and reliable energy delivery.

Sustainability in Everything We Do:
We are committed to developing responsibly and ensuring a sustainable future for communities and businesses. Learn more about our sustainability efforts and our zero-carbon goals.

Who We Work With:


Value Optimization:
We have a strong understanding of the energy markets and leverage our partnership with Vestas, banks, insurance companies, and utilities to offer unique renewable energy solutions. This includes long-term power purchase agreements and other financial instruments to empower our customers’ strategies in their journey to achieve their sustainability goals while ensuring optimal value and mitigating risk.

Energy Solutions for Everyone:

From local co-ops to owner operators to commercial industrial partners, we work with all types of energy offtakers and owners. 

Why Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy projects offer a sustainable future and provide lasting benefits for communities and businesses. Wind energy is the number one renewable energy source in the US and is leading the way in the clean energy transition. 

Source: Data and information from  American Clean Power 2019 and 2020 annual reports. 

Wind Creates Economic Growth:

Wind boosts local economies, especially in rural communities.

  • Wind creates jobs: The US wind industry employs over 100,000 workers.
  • Local spending: Projects partner with local suppliers and pay millions in landowner lease payments each year.
  • Increased tax revenue: Wind projects increases local property and sales tax revenue, supporting schools, first responders, and more.
Wind is Reliable, Affordable Energy:

Wind is a key solution to meeting growing electricity demands. Wind produces an incredible about of energy, and unlike fossil fuels, it is renewed every day.

It is one of the cheapest and most efficient sources of energy. In fact, certain components of a wind project cost up to 70% less than they did in 2009.

Wind Powers a Sustainable Future:

Wind energy is key in the fight against climate change.

Wind saves billions of gallons of water and avoids 198 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. That’s equivalent to taking 42 million cars off the road.