Vestas opens Colorado plant, announces big order

The new Vestas facility in Windsor, Colo. will make blades for 600 wind turbines annually. The company also has received a U.S. order for 109 1.65-MW turbines.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) on March 5 formally opened its newest wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver, Colo. The facility is expected to produce blades for up to 600 turbines annually and employ 650 people. Blades produced at the plant will range from 130 to 144 feet in length for installation on 1.65- and 3.0-MW turbines. Present at the grand opening were Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

In other Vestas news, the company has received an order for 109 units of the V82-1.65 MW wind turbine in the U.S. The wind turbines have a total installed capacity of 180 MW. The order has been placed by the North American division of E.ON Climate & Renewables, a global developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects. E.ON Climate & Renewables is a global market unit of E.ON AG which entered the North American market through the acquisition of Airtricity North America.

The order comprises supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to begin at the end of 2008 and will continue through the first quarter of 2009. Commissioning is expected to be completed mid-2009.