Vestas' A$9 million (EUR 5.65 million) wind turbine blade factory in Portland, Victoria, has been officially opened by the state's energy minister, Theo Theophanous. The Danish turbine manufacturer is the construction contractor for Pacific Hydro's A$270 million (EUR 169.4 million) 195 MW Portland wind energy project. Stage one of project, the 30 MW Yambuk wind farm of 20 Vestas 1.5 MW machines, started generating recently. Theophanous praises the factory, which will turn out about 225 blade sets a year "It has already delivered major benefits to the local economy and paves the way for further development opportunities in an around the Portland region," he adds. The state authorities, he says, are determined to increase the share of Victoria's electricity supply from renewable to 10% by 2010. "We are committed to facilitating the development of up to 1000 MW of wind energy in appropriate locations around the state."
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