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March 3, 2008

Vestas Quietly Opens First North American Blade Plant

vestas, wind-turbine, wind-energy, renewable-energy, coloradoDanish wind-energy giant, Vestas, has apparently already opened the doors to its $60 million, 400,000 square foot blade manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colorado. Even though the plant was not officially scheduled to open until this week, The Coloradoan has reported that manufacturing stealthily began as much as four weeks ago. The Windsor factory is the company's first manufacturing facility in North America.

Construction on the plant began in June 2007 with the intent of having a 200,000-square-foot facility with 400 workers. Those workers were to run four production-lines and create 1200 turbine blades per year (enough for 400 turbines). But, as I reported back in November, Vestas announced they would bump the total number of manufacturing jobs up to 650. Since making the announcement, company officials have been relatively tight-lipped about the potential change in production output brought on by the addition of employees.

With 35,000 wind turbines installed, and a market share of 23%, Vestas has 15,000 employees worldwide. In the USA, Vestas has installed more than 4,000 megawatts of wind energy. The company hopes that the centrally-located blade facility in Colorado will ease the bottleneck in US turbine manufacturing and deployment.

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Sarah McClure said...

That's very good news! I really think that solar and wind power are the places on which our country must focus it's energies (pardon the pun) because they are as sustainable as you can get. The college I work for, Art Center, has a lot of students who work on creating new products with greener, smarter design. It's a start I guess. Also the school is hosting a major event called "Disruptive Thinking," which will bring together "disruptive" thinkers who challenge the status quo and demand new modes of creativity in areas that influence every aspect of our lives: climate change, geopolitics, business, science, and most importantly design. If you're interested in it, here's a link to the blog:

Tim Hurst said...

Thanks for the comment, Sarah.

Good luck with your Disruptive Thinking. Sounds very neat.