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Danish Royals Break Ground on Vestas Wind-Energy Plant


Joined by Governor Bill Ritter, Danish Crown Prince Fredrik and his wife, Princess Mary, were in Brighton yesterday, shovels in hand, to break ground on Vestas Wind System’s planned wind-turbine plant.

It was the latest photo-op in Ritter’s plans to turn Colorado into a renewable energy mecca for the “new energy economy,” creating jobs while decreasing our dependence on oil, according to The Associated Press. “It isn’t a slogan. It’s an idea,” Ritter says.

Vestas already has a blade-making plant in Windsor and is planning a factory in Pueblo that would build the towers to support the turbines. By next year, Vestas will have spent $680 million in Colorado and employ 2,450 people, notes The Denver Post.

The Brighton City Council voted last night to erect a street sign on Weld County Road 6, renaming a portion of it Crown Prince Boulevard in honor of Prince Frederik, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report . Vestas is ranked 36 on a list of top 50 most innovative businesses in this month’s edition of Fast Company magazine.

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