Vestas, a wind turbine manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its Brighton Nacelles and Windsor Blades factories in Colorado. The company will invest $40 million into the expansion, which includes new production equipment and new blade molds. This investment will allow for the production of Vestas’ V163-4.5 MW turbine, which is optimized for low to medium wind speeds and is built off the company’s 4 MW platform. The project is expected to generate between 800 and 1,000 new jobs for the area. Production at the Windsor Blades factory will begin this year, and production at the Brighton Nacelles factory will begin in 2024.
In a recent quote, Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America, said, "Wind energy is a key economic driver for local communities, and we look forward to bringing new clean energy jobs and economic development to Colorado. This $40 million direct investment in our onshore manufacturing footprint is a testament to our commitment to deploying the V163-4.5 MW turbine across North America and beyond to support the clean energy transition. We applaud Colorado’s continued commitment to expanding clean energy as well as the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act which has helped kickstart a domestic supply chain.”
Investing in American Manufacturing - 2023
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