Vestas’ Colorado factories will build wind turbines for Spanish company

August 23, 2013 by  
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Vestas Wind Systems' turbines, the V100 model, working at a Washington state wind farm.

Vestas Wind Systems’ turbines, the V100 model, working at a Washington state wind farm.

Cathy Proctor
Reporter- Denver Business Journal

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One day after Vestas Wind Systems announced that the Danish wind turbine manufacturer is no longer interested in selling its Pueblo manufacturing plant, the company said its four Colorado factories will be key to delivering 400 megawatts worth of wind turbines to EDP Renovaveis’s projects in the United States.

Vestas said Thursday that its factories in Colorado will manufacture the wind turbines’ blades, towers and nacelles (turbine housing units) for the Spanish company’s U.S. projects.

It’s part of larger “master-supply agreement” to deliver 1,500 megawatts worth of wind turbines to EDP projects in North and South America and Europe. That agreement was announced in April 2010.

EDP (ELI: EDPR) is an international renewable energy company with its headquarters in Madrid.

The plants will manufacture Vestas’ V110-2.0 megawatt turbines for the EDP’s U.S. projects, the first time that model of turbines has been ordered in the U.S., the company said.

The V110-2.0 MW turbines are expected to be delivered in 2014 and 2015. Vestas said it couldn’t say where the turbines would go in the U.S.

“Vestas has successfully worked with EDPR for the past eight years to deliver many wind-power projects around the world,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.

The V110-2.0 megawatt turbine — with blades that sweep a diameter of 110 meters, or 361 feet — provides 13 percent more power on an annual basis than the V100-1.8 megawatt model, according to Vestas.

Word of the 400 megawatt order came the day after Vestas said the company would keep its Pueblo manufacturing plant, where steel towers are built to hold wind turbines aloft.

Spokeswoman Susan Innis said the company was optimistic about the U.S. market in 2013 and expects the Pueblo plant to be operating a full capacity in 2014.

Cathy Proctor covers energy, the environment, transportation and construction for the Denver Business Journal and edits the weekly “Energy Inc.” newsletter. Phone: 303-803-9233. Subscribe to the Energy Inc. newsletter

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