Despite an expected slowdown in the U.S. market next year, turbine manufacturer Vestas is forging ahead, according to a Bloomberg interview with Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel.
Engel said the company will expand its U.S. head count to 4,000 from about 2,300 now. Last month, Vestas said it will eliminate 3,000 jobs in Europe.
‘The cheapest way to produce electricity in the United States from wind is to make it in the U.S.,’ said Engel, who Bloomberg reports is in South Korean to advise G20 leaders on creating clean energy jobs.
Vestas has spent more than $1 billion building four factories in Colorado to replace turbine imports in the U.S.
This year in Colorado, Vestas opened a nacelle-manufacturing plant in Brighton. It also built the world's largest tower factory in Pueblo and added to its blade-manufacturing plant in Windsor.
Another blade plant is due to open next year in Brighton.