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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:25

Vestas donates wind turbine blade to new program at GPC

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Gerry Desrochers of Vestas – Canadian Wind Technology and Great Plains College president David Francis were among those on hand at the Swift Current Airport today as Vestas donated a wind turbine blade to the college’s new Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program. The donated blade was previously damaged in a tornado but has never been used, making it ideal for the program’s needs.

 The blade is currently being housed at the airport, and will be moved section-by-section into GPC’s wind turbine shop as the program’s needs arise.

 “Our students will benefit from having authentic industry equipment to work on in their practical classes,” said Francis. “Working with community-minded corporations like Vestas is critical to the success of new initiatives like the Wind Turbine Maintenance Program, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.”

Vestas is the largest wind turbine company in the world and was a key partner in getting GPC’s wind turbine program up and running. The company’s North American operations – headquartered in Portland, Ore. – continue to grow and Vestas now employs over 20,000 people worldwide, including more than 3,200 in North America.

“We believe strongly in the need for clean, renewable energy, and expect wind power to account for 10 per cent of the world’s energy production by 2020,” said Desrochers, site service manager at SaskPower’s Centennial Wind Power Plant. “It’s our hope that this donation will help produce the next generation of elite wind turbine maintenance technicians, as the demand for modern energy continues to grow.”

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