Vestas finished 2010 with 15 wind turbine sales in North America, which it said is a record. Total capacity sold in the region during the year was1,883 MW and 871 wind turbines.

The company said this was the best sales performance for the region since Vestas entered the North American market in 1981. Vestas’ previous sales record for North America was 1,554 MW in 2007.

The company said that during the year it received 10 orders from U.S. customers (1,513 MW) and five from Canadian customers (370 MW). The largest order for a single site was for 190 V90-3.0 MW turbines for Terra-Gen’s Alta Wind Energy Center in California. The company said it also won a five-year service contract renewal for 429 MW with Puget Sound Energy in Washington

Vestas said its blade factory in Windsor, Colo., which opened in 2008, added almost 200 jobs in 2010 to bring its employee total to nearly 700 people. Vestas’ nacelle factory in Brighton, Colo., which opened in 2010, added about 220 jobs and now has more than 300 employees. Vestas’ tower factory in Pueblo, Colo., began operations in early 2010 and added about 300 jobs in recent months, increasing its employee base to 430.

In July, Vestas established an engineering office in Louisville, Colo. Since then, this new research and development facility has nearly doubled its workforce.

Looking ahead to 2011, Vestas said it will open an additional blade factory in Brighton that is expected to employ at least 600 people when at full operating capacity. The Brighton factory will be equipped to manufacture blades for the V112-3.0 MW machine, which was released for sale in 2010.

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