Vestas announced Dec. 23 yet another Texas wind-power project has placed a wind turbine order expected to further increase demand for workers at their Windsor and Brighton factories.
“This order will positively impact our Colorado factories and we still expect to add hundreds of workers combined at the two blade factories in Brighton and Windsor, as well as the Brighton nacelle factory,” Vestas spokesman Andrew Longeteig said. “There are many jobs available right now at our two blade factories.”
The new 150-megawatt order from First Wind requests 75 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines for the Route 66 Wind Power Plant near Amarillo, Texas, and comes on the heels of a 200-megawatt order announced last week for two wind-energy projects in the Texas Panhandle.
The order was negotiated in a master supply agreement between the companies which included “a firm and unconditional order for 75 V110-2.0 MW turbines with a potential of up to 568 MW more in the USA,” according to a Vestas news release announcing the order.
Longeteig did not elaborate about the order’s potential for more wind energy.
“The specific terms of the agreement are confidential between Vestas and First Wind,” Longeteig said. “We’ve already secured 150 MW in this MSA and if we receive more orders we will announce them.”
Vestas expects to deliver the order to the wind power plant in early 2015, with commissioning to take place in mid-2015.
The company announced Dec. 19 it received a 220-megawatt order from EDF Renewable Energy for V-100-2.0 MW turbines for two wind-energy projects in Texas.
“We are finishing 2013 on a high note in terms of wind-turbine sales in the U.S. and Canadian markets. We’ve announced 1,583 megawatts worth orders in the U.S. and Canada in 2013,” Longeteig said. “This equates to the installed electrical capacity to power about 475,000 households. It’s our best sales year since 2011 when we announced over 1,600 megawatts of turbine orders. We expect to be very busy in our factories in 2014 and 2015 as well as at new wind-energy project and service sites around the U.S. and Canada.”