Due to the bumper year that wind has been having in North America, it only make sense that Vestas, the worlds largest wind turbine maker, would want to located a factory here.
Based on a thorough placement analysis and in cooperation with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Upstate Colorado Economic Development, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Town of Windsor, Vestas (click to here the little Vestas man talk to you) has decided to establish its first US-based blade factory in the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, Colorado. The decision is based on the parkâ€™s central location, as well as the direct access to rail services and a skilled workforce.
The total investment in production equipment, land and buildings is expected to amount to approx EUR 45m (approx USD 60m). Construction of the factory will begin in the spring of 2007, with the start of production planned for early 2008. At full production, the plant will have a production capacity of approximately 1,200 blades per year and the factory will employ around 400 people. (Vestas employs another 12,000 people world wide)
â€œWe are extremely excited that Vestas has chosen the State of Colorado for its first production facility in the USA,â€ says Bill Ritter, Governor of the State of Colorado and continues: â€œThis is a perfect example of how we are going to build a new energy economy here in Colorado and establish the state as a national and world leader in renewable energy. The State of Colorado welcomes Vestas to the region and we look forward to working together with Vestas in promoting renewable energy in the USA.â€
This news comes hot on the heals of renewed funding for the National Renewable Energy Lab, also in Colorado.
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing energy industries in the world. In 2006 alone, the USA has seen an increase of 30% in capacity, reaching nearly 12,000 total installed MW to date. Canada Has seen a doubling, and the world at large has seen record growth.
â€œAs per 30 June 2006, Vestas had installed more than 9,300 wind turbines in the USA and Canada, and the market prospects continue to look promisingâ€, says Jens SÃ¸by, President of Vestas Americas A/S and continues: â€œEstablishing a blade production in Colorado is an important step forward in our strategy to grow our business in the North American market.â€
â€œVestas is exactly the kind of company we want to attract to the Great Western Industrial Park,â€ says Alex Yeros, Managing Director of the Great Western Development Company, â€œVestas is a clean industry and it will bring good jobs to the local community,â€ he adds.
â€œWe are confident that we have chosen the right location for our 19,000 square-metre (approx 200,000 sq. feet) blade factory in the USA,â€ says Ole Borup Jakobsen, President of Vestas Blades A/S and continues: â€œThe local authorities, economic development partners and Great Western Development Company have shown strong commitment towards making this project a reality and we look forward to continuing our good relationship during and after the establishment of the factory.â€
Good jobs, good company, good for the earth. Lets see more of this.