Brighton, Colo. (AP) - Danish Crown Prince Frederik visited Colorado today for the formal groundbreaking on two plants by a Danish wind-turbine maker, and urged Coloradans to keep expanding renewable energy despite the recession.
The two Vestas Wind System Plants will eventually employ 1,350 people in Brighton (about 20 miles northeast of Denver).
The prince was joined by his wife, Crown Princess Mary, Gov. Bill Ritter and Vestas executives for the ceremony.
Blades for the turbines will be made at one plant. The other plant will produce nacelles (nuh-sells'), the housings for the turbine's generator, transformer and gearbox.
The company says the plants will be at full operation in 2010. Vestas already has a plant in Windsor and plans a factory in pueblo to build the towers that support the turbines.
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