Vestas, one of the world’s leading wind turbine companies, has reached a major milestone this year. 50 GW of its wind turbines, over 46,000 of them, have been installed around the world. That’s about 1/5 of global wind power capacity and would be enough to power 19 million European homes.
Vestas has been around for about 30 years, ancient for a company 100% focused on clean energy. The completion of the 20-MW Knäred wind project in Laholm Municipality in Southern Sweden tipped Vestas over the 50 GW milestone. That project provides enough power for approximately 10,000 Swedish households from its 10 wind turbines.
“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,” Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel said. “The wind industry today provides a sustainable, reliable and competitive energy source for millions of people around the world. Vestas is proud to have been an industry pioneer, and to have put over thirty years of our knowledge, experience and passion into reaching an installed base of 50GW that are making a real difference for our planet and its people.”
30 years ago, who was talking about wind energy? Who thought it would be a major source of electricity around the world within a few decades? Now, it is the cheapest source of new electricity in many places, and it is a key component of a critically important clean energy transition. A big thanks to Vestas, which expanded into its 69th country in 2011, for the important part is has played in all of this.
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