The recent completion of the first portion of a planned 330 megawatt (MW) capacity offshore wind farm in Belgium is notable not only for its ability to produce enough clean energy to power 175,000 Belgian households, but also for the fact it marks a major milestone for Vestas. The wind turbine maker has been involved in three such major offshore projects this year alone, completing a total of 645 MW of turbine installations.
Vestas, besides being involved in the first phase of the newly commissioned Bligh Bank offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium, has also been involved with the Robin Rigg and Thanet projects. The Thanet one in particular, which Vestas build 100 turbines for in less than 100 days, was a project on a massive scale: an £800 million wind farm off the coast of the United Kingdom with a maximum output capacity of 300 MW that could, at peak performance, meet the annual average consumption needs of over 200,000 British households.
Vestas, as a company, currently has enough wind turbines deployed globally – over 40,000 – to reduce carbon emissions by what it says is more than 40 million tons annually. It currently operates in 65 countries, employing over 20,000 people. In the United States it earlier this year opened the world’s largest wind turbine plant in Colorado, as well as entering the early stages of placing its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon’s downtown region.
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