It now looks likely that Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer will build a blade manufacturing plant in Nortern Colorado, near Windsor. I’d guess that some of the factors that made Danish Vestas consider locating here are:
- The proximity to NREL’s Wind Technology Center for turbine testing.
- Amendment 37, which will require large investments in wind farms in Colorado.
- The State’s central location, making it easy to ship blades anywhere in North America.
- Political support for wind, especially from newly elected Bill Ritter and the Democratically controlled state legislature.
- Colorado’s excellent wind resource.
The 500 high-paying jobs will be ones wind advocates can point to when talking about the benefits of renewable resources over fossil fuels.
It’s official. According to this follow-up article in the Rocky Mountian News, transport was indeed crucial to winning the bid. In particular, they wanted a site with rail service.