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Vestas boosts Victorian renewable jobs and investment with Renewable Energy Hub in Geelong

2018-10-11 11:24

MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vestas today announced the establishment of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (the Hub) in Geelong, a multi-disciplinary industry development initiative that will support and expand the Victorian renewable energy sector.

Today's announcement is part of Vestas' commitment to supporting the Victorian Renewable Energy Target through developing the Hub concept in direct response to the key initiatives outlined in Victoria's New Energy Technologies sector strategy. This announcement follows the state government's award of State support agreements to the Berrybank and Dundonnell Wind Farm projects, both of which are Vestas partners.

The Hub will feature a full range of activities, including turbine subcomponent assembly, wind park maintenance, logistics, and advanced materials and manufacturing sciences. In the process, the Hub will create 25 new local jobs in Geelong and inject up to A$3.5 million in the local economy.

"As a premier regional port with a highly skilled workforce and world-class research facility, Geelong was the logical choice for our investment," said Anders Runevad, CEO & Group President, Vestas Wind Systems A/S. "The Hub would not have been possible without the support of the state government and its efforts to secure competitively-priced renewable energy while maximising the positive impact on the community. In addition to directly creating local jobs, the Hub will also present many opportunities for regional businesses and the whole Victorian supply chain".

The Renewable Energy Hub forms part of a multi-disciplinary industry development initiative by Vestas, which also includes:

  1. Establishing the Western Victorian Service Support Centre, to service the growing Vestas turbine fleet in Western Victoria;
  2. Entering into a multi-year partnership with Federation University's Ballarat Renewable Training Centre to deliver training and employment opportunities for wind turbine technicians;
  3. Establishing the Vestas Australian Main Component Logistics Centre in Geelong, a specialist facility for the largest turbine spare parts;
  4. Manufacturing wind turbine assemblies in partnership with local contract manufacturers;
  5. Forming a partnership with Deakin University's Carbon Nexus to research the next generation carbon fibre to use in making wind turbine blades longer, stronger and more productive.

With its regional headquarters in Victoria and the new renewable energy hub in Geelong, these initiatives demonstrate not only the strength of Vestas' existing presence in the region, but also its long-term commitment to supporting the renewable energy sector in Victoria.

About Vestas

Vestas is the energy industry's global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with 94 GW of wind turbines in 79 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 79 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas' more than 24,300 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.

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Source: Vestas Asia Pacific
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