Vestas lands another deal; Windsor, Brighton, Pueblo benefit

By: sharon Dunn Greeley Tribune
September 20, 2013 Updated: September 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Not long after announcing its first U.S. order of the year, Vestas Wind Systems announced a second large domestic deal for a multitude of projects.

Vestas said Friday it has received an order for wind turbine equipment corresponding to 60 megawatts from affiliates of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., based in Broomfield, to be used for wind-energy projects throughout the country. Vestas could ultimately supply RES Americas up to 610 MW overall, according to the agreement announced in a news release.

Earlier this month, Vestas announced another potentially large-scale deal in the U.S. with an 80MW order from EDF Renewable Energy, with the potential of climbing to 750MW.

Each project will use the V100-2.0 MW turbine. Deliveries and commissioning for the projects are expected to occur in 2014 and 2015. The new projects' names and locations are not being released, but their components will be built in Colorado - the blades in Windsor, the nacelles in Brighton and the towers in Pueblo.

"Transactions like this underscore the value delivered by the Production Tax Credit and the importance of extending it beyond its current expiration at the end of 2013," said Chris Brown, president of Vestas' sales and service division in the United States and Canada in the release.

Vestas is gearing up for another push on Congress as another sunset of the Production Tax Credit approaches. At the last minute last year, Congress renewed the PTC for all projects started in 2013, even if they stretched into 2014 or 2015.

"The PTC is an important driver for the U.S. wind industry and extending it remains a top priority," said Vestas spokesman Andrew Longeteig in an email response to questions. "A predictable, stable, pro-growth tax policy is imperative for the U.S. wind industry to continue to drive more efficient technology development, domestic manufacturing, and private sector capital into the U.S. economy. Vestas has made significant U.S. investments through new manufacturing facilities in recent years. These investments help to create American jobs and contribute to enhancing the U.S. industrial base the PTC extension helps to sustain."

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