Vestas Wind Turbines Hit 50 GW Mark Worldwide

Vestas has now installed 50 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy globally, the leading turbine-maker announced recently.

The Danish firm said this amounted to more than 46,000 turbines, close to a fifth of the world’s turbines. The company said that total clean energy generated by its turbines was enough to power 19 million European households, saving the world from 55 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

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Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel said in reaching the goal that he was proud to be able to look back and see that his company, which has been producing wind technology for the last 30 years, had been an industry pioneer.

“When the wind industry kicked off over thirty years ago, no one could have predicted the speed of the tremendous technological breakthroughs which drove the growth of Vestas and the wind energy industry overall,” Engel said in statement. “The wind industry today provides a sustainable, reliable and competitive energy source for millions of people around the world.

“On behalf of everyone at Vestas I want to say thank you to our customers, suppliers, investors and everyone who has worked together with us to reach this historic milestone.”

Engel said the installed base of 50 GW would really make a difference “for our planet and its people.”

Vestas heralded reaching the 50 GW mark during a tough time in the company’s history. Just this week, it announced “disappointing first-quarter revenue and earnings” that were attributed “to a low level of deliveries and high turbine costs,” North American Windpower reported.

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