Wind turbine training center opens in Orlando

Mayor Buddy Dyer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott to attend opening

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:43:33 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 19 2013 05:27:14 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A new state-of-the-art wind turbine training center is opening in Orlando.

Gov. Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are attending Thursday's opening of the facility operated by Siemens' Energy.

The 40,000-square-foot facility has two 32-foot turbine towers that workers will use to practice safety and rescue operations.

Siemens officials say the goal of the training facility is to teach technicians how to provide maintenance to wind turbines as the wind energy industry expands in the United States.

The facility will train 2,400 wind workers a year from around the country and has already brought 50 new jobs to the area, according to Siemens officials. Siemens already employs 5,200 workers in the state of Florida and hopes this new endeavor will help that number grow.

Siemens' other wind turbine training facilities are in England, Germany and Denmark.