By Abby Jordan
Gov. Deval Patrick and a legion of state officials attended the grand opening of a wind turbine research and design hub yesterday afternoon, applauding the company’s efforts to bring clean energy and jobs to MetroWest and the state.
Vestas Technology R&D Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday for its River Street facility, which will design and develop prototypes for generators, converters and wind turbine controls.
“We’re delighted you’re here,” Patrick said. “Today we celebrate another important step out of the fossil fuel era and into a clean air future.”
Will Henrickson, Vestas Technology vice president and general manager, touted the company’s work toward building new and innovative generators.
“The important part of the work we do here truly is a part of capturing energy from the wind,” he said.
Henrickson said the group working at Vestas got its start 30 years ago at MIT, and worked together at DRS Electric Power Technologies in Hudson and ePower LLC before joining Vestas.
“The talent and skill in our group largely is a product of the Massachusetts education system,” he said. “We rely on those institutions to keep ideas vibrant and fresh.”
Patrick called the arrival of Vestas in Hudson a sign of the state’s deep commitment to making the state a leader in clean and alternative energy generation.
“We’re very, very excited to be here, to welcome everyone to the commonwealth,” Patrick said. “Let us work with you – not just getting you here, but helping you prosper.”
Ian Bowles, state secretary of energy and environment, called the arrival of Vestas and the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown the start to building a strong base for clean energy initiatives.
“It’s very good news – not just for jobs, but growing wind technology centers here,” he said. “It fits the strategy of where Massachusetts needs to be.”
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, said Massachusetts must continue attracting technology companies like Vestas.
“There are not only global environmental benefits, but benefits in job creation as well,” he said.
State Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, said she is proud to see Vestas putting down roots in Hudson, and can see the town’s future even clearer with its opening.
“This town of Hudson has reinvented itself time and time again,” she said. “Partnering to create our country’s future.”