Turbine Order to Bring Colo. Factories Online

Guest blog by AWEA Communications Editor Carl Levesque

A just-announced 81-turbine order for utility We Energies’ Glacier Hills wind farm in Wisconsin will help bring new Vestas manufacturing facilities online in Colorado, the turbine manufacturer said this week.

The 1.8-MW turbines will be delivered in early 2011, with commissioning for the 145-MW project expected by the end of that year. The order includes a two-year service and maintenance agreement.

Vestas spokesman Peter Kruse told the Denver Business Journal that “everything you can see from the outside will be made in Colorado.” A Colorado blade manufacturing facility went online in 2008, and a tower plant is set to come online later this year. Nacelle assembly also will be performed in the state.

Colorado has successfully lured hundreds of millions of dollars of investment from Vestas and other renewable energy companies, thanks in large part to its renewable electricity standard, which the state just increased from 20% by 2020 to 30% by 2020.

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