Denmark-based Vestas has signed agreements to deploy wind turbine towers for several third-party developed power projects in the US over the next two years.
The company plans to make optimum use of its production capacities and thereby create a more flexible and scalable business for itself.
Subsequent to the signing of the contracts, Vestas is expected to expand the production capacity at its tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado.
Vestas wind systems executive vice president and COO Jean Lechêne commented that the company continually seeks to utilize the current production capacity better by evaluating its market.
"Producing components for third parties is part of this strategy, and although we have had other smaller orders, this new agreement is the first major step in realising this plan," Lechêne said.
Vestas Towers America vice president Tony Knopp added, "The extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the beginning of the year also was an important factor in securing this contract, and we are now in the process of evaluating our ramp-up plan."
Tower manufacturing for third-party wind projects is expected to result in capacity utilization of nearly 25% for Vestas at its Pueblo facility.