Vestas Opens Colorado Plant, Announces Big Order - 4/1/2008

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) in early March formally opened its newest wind turbine blade manufacturing facility, in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles/100 km north of Denver. The facility is expected to produce blades for as many as 600 turbines annually and employ 650 people. Blades produced at the plant

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) in early March formally opened its newest wind turbine blade manufacturing facility, in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles/100 km north of Denver. The facility is expected to produce blades for as many as 600 turbines annually and employ 650 people. Blades produced at the plant will range from 130 ft to 144 ft (39.6m to 43.9m) in length for installation, respectively, 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 (Düsseldorf, Germany), 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 (Chicago, Ill.). Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to begin at the end of 2008 and will continue through the first quarter of 2009.