Vestas Secures Wind Turbine Order from Xcel Energy

Installed turbines in Macho Springs, located in New Mexico USA. Photo: Lars Schmidt, November 2011.
Installed turbines in Macho Springs, located in New Mexico USA. Photo: Lars Schmidt, November 2011.

Released by Chante Condit-Pottol,

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from Xcel Energy Inc. for 53 MW of turbine components. The firm order serves as the PTC Safe Harbor order for the proposed 600 MW Rush Creek project, and will be delivered to Xcel Energy in December 2016.

The order follows a conditional agreement to supply up to 300 V110-2.0 MW turbines for Xcel Energy’s 600 MW Rush Creek Wind Project. Xcel Energy filed an application for approval of the project with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in May 2016. Xcel Energy’s Rush Creek Wind Project includes building two wind farms in mid-eastern Colorado. Xcel’s plans are outlined here.

Turbine nacelles, blades, and towers will be produced at Vestas’ Colorado factories. Vestas is based in Denmark, with its manufacturing facilities in Brighton, Pueblo, and Windsor CO.

“We are honored to build on our strong relationship with Xcel Energy, and as part of the largest wind project in the state, to help deliver clean, low-cost wind energy to Colorado households with Colorado-manufactured nacelles, blades and towers,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.

“Our partnership with Vestas in securing turbines for the proposed Rush Creek Wind Project is an integral part of the overall ‘Our Energy Future’ vision for the state of Colorado,” said David Eves, president, Xcel Energy — Colorado. “We are particularly gratified that Rush Creek, which will be the state’s largest and most cost-effective wind farm, will generate electricity for our customers with turbines built in Colorado.”

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 57,300 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 82 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Vestas has delivered wind energy in 75 countries, providing jobs for around 21,500 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 50 percent more megawatts installed than anyone else in the industry and over 75 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.

To find out more about Vestas wind turbines and installations nationwide — and worldwide — visit


Ed. Notes:

As of June 29, 2016, Vestas has 24 job openings in Colorado posted on their site. Vestas jobs information starts here.

On June 30, 2016, Vestas announced that a second firm order had been received for components to be manufactured in Colorado.

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