Published on January 31st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan1
Wind Energy Giant Vestas Sees a Future in Romania
January 31st, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
Wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas is expecting a boom in wind energy growth in Romania and is locating its new Eastern European hub in its capital city, Bucharest.
Vestas cut the ribbon on its new office last week. With Romania’s government recently setting ambitious wind energy targets, Vestas is hopeful that the country will be building a lot more wind farms in the years to come and is putting its money on it.
As of last June, Vestas had installed 22 wind turbines in Romania, the total capacity of which comes to 43.66 MW. It plans to install 450 MW more by the end of this year.
Hans Jörn Rieks, President of Vestas Central Europe, believes that Romania could produce up to 14 GW of wind energy in total.
“Vestas is the world leader in wind energy, and so we feel we have a responsibility to share our 30 years of experience and knowledge with customers, government, communities and others – as they work to fulfil Romania’s commitment to a clean energy future,” Rieks says. “As a wind energy solutions provider, we want to bring the best turbines and the best business case to our customers here, but we also want to build strong and constructive partnerships to shape a sustainable wind industry.”
Romania is currently expected to get about 24% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Currently, 41,000 Vestas wind turbines are generating power around the world in 65 countries, creating approximately 20,000 jobs and cutting CO2 emissions about 40 million tons every year.