MHI Vestas to Open US HQ in Boston
Marking a new era for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in the US, the company will establish its base in Boston with recent hire Jason Folsom to lead the company’s ramp-up efforts. The office will focus initially on sales and strategy as it develops a local footprint for projects in the region.
The MHI Vestas office, which will officially open in the coming weeks, will be led by wind industry veteran, Jason Folsom, the company’s US National Sales Director. Additional administrative staff will be hired in the coming months as the company progresses its plans for the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project as well as exploring potential projects in nearby states.
“We believe that the US offshore wind industry is starting a prosperous journey, and we are committed to working with our partners to contribute with our latest technology and experience to the transformation of the energy sector. Our office in Boston is our first step before establishing an actual supply chain”, says MHI Vestas Co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.
Up first for MHI Vestas in the US will be the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. With a scheduled installation in 2021, this will be the first large-scale offshore wind park in the US, will feature the industry-leading V164-9.5 MW turbine, and will provide enough wind energy to power 450,000 Massachusetts homes.
“Vineyard Wind is very proud that our competitive bid for cost-effective offshore wind generation is bringing the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines to Massachusetts and we applaud the decision of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to establish its North American headquarters here in the Commonwealth”, says Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.
By delivering new jobs, innovation and locally produced carbon-free energy, Vineyard Wind and MHI Vestas are setting the stage for a new industry in the Bay State.”
The Vineyard Wind project is large enough to serve as a catalyst for the build-up of a local supply chain in the region. Once the turbine supply order is confirmed, MHI Vestas will ramp up the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.
The Vineyard Wind and MHI Vestas partnership advances the ambitious vision of the Massachusetts Legislature and Governor Baker who in 2016 passed bipartisan, comprehensive energy diversification legislation requiring utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind. Then in 2018 Massachusetts furthered its commitment to offshore wind with legislation calling for the review of the cost-benefits of an additional 1,600MW of offshore wind by 2035.