Vestas receives 250 MW wind power order for Colorado, USA

Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) for 139 V90-1.8 MW wind turbines for the Cedar Point Wind farm project located primarily in Lincoln and Elbert Counties, Colorado, USA.

Construction of Cedar Point Wind farm is underway with commercial operation expected in 2011. Once completed, Cedar Point Wind will be the second largest wind farm project in Colorado.

“Cedar Point Wind will benefit Colorado in two ways – by supplying clean energy to Colorado homes under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Public Service Company of Colorado and by providing employment in the form of up to 200 new construction jobs with more jobs to follow once construction is complete,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas.

“We are extremely pleased to work with Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy Company, to deliver wind turbines made from our factories in Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo, Colorado.”

Vestas recently opened three manufacturing facilities in Colorado to provide wind turbines for North American customers: a blades factory in Windsor, a nacelles-assembly factory in Brighton, and a towers manufacturing facility — the world’s largest — in Pueblo. A second blades factory is planned for 2011 in Brighton.

RES Americas, based in Broomfield, Colorado, is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates wind farm projects across North and South America. RES Americas has constructed/under construction more than 4,500 MW, which represent approximately 10 per cent of the operating installed wind capacity in the USA. Furthermore, RES Americas has over 12,500 MW in development.

“RES Americas remains committed to the state of Colorado, working with local companies such as Vestas and PSCo on the Cedar Point Wind project, to bring renewable energy and economic opportunities for the community,” said Brian Evans, Executive Vice President, Development of RES Americas. “We are eager to help meet the state’s goal of providing a cleaner, more secure energy future.”

Vestas is the world leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 40,500 wind turbines globally. Vestas is investing approximately $1 billion in the USA to establish its North American manufacturing base, which includes a towers manufacturing facility, a nacelles-assembly factory and two blades factories.

Vestas Americas is the business unit responsible for the sales and service in the USA and Canada. Vestas supplied its first wind turbine to North America in 1981 and since has installed more than 11,000 wind turbines in this region.