The turbines are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2014 while commissioning is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. The customer as well as the new project’s name and specific location are not available for disclosure at this time.
“This order from a large, existing customer reaffirms the strength of our 2 MW platform – we have received over 1,000 megawatts of V100 orders in the U.S. and Canada this year,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “This project will provide more clean energy to the United States as well as more jobs for Vestas service technicians and factory workers.”
This year, Vestas has secured over 1,700 MW of firm turbine orders in the United States and Canada. This is the second-best yearly sales performance for the region since Vestas entered this market in 1981. Vestas’ sales record for the United States and Canada is 1,883 megawatts in 2010.
Vestas’ factories in Colorado will be involved in manufacturing blades, nacelles and towers for this project. To meet customer demand, Vestas is adding more workers at three of its Colorado factories – the blade factory in Windsor as well as the blade and nacelle factories in Brighton. Vestas is recruiting now and expects to add hundreds of production workers in the first half of 2014 in Windsor and Brighton, primarily at the two blade factories. Interested candidates can apply at ElwoodWindJobs.com.
The contract features a five-year Vestas Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 maintenance program which guarantees turbine availability. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system to remotely control and monitor the turbines as well as predict potential maintenance issues. This allows Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines are operational for the maximum amount of time.
Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 50,000 wind turbines and over 58 GW in 73 countries – 62 percent more than its closest competitor. Vestas entered the U.S. market in 1981, selling its first wind turbine for a project in California. Since then, the company has delivered 12,396 turbines to the United States and 1,419 to Canada. Combined, Vestas’ installed capacity is 13,387 MW in 28 U.S. states and every Canadian province – enough to power about four million households. Vestas employs about 16,000 people worldwide including 2,500 throughout the United States and Canada at four manufacturing facilities in Colorado, service and construction sites, and sales offices. Vestas’ U.S. and Canadian sales and service headquarters is in Portland, Ore., and its global headquarters is in Aarhus, Denmark.
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