Aeronautica Windpower LLC to manufacture commercial-sized wind turbines in New England April 21, 2009Posted by HubTechInsider in renewable energy.
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Aeronautica Windpower LLC, a Plymouth company that refurbishes wind turbines, is expected to say today that it has reached a deal with a Danish company to open a factory to manufacture commercial-size turbines.
Aeronautica said it is already scouting New England for sites for the facility, which initially will employ up to 100 people to make turbines under an exclusive licensing agreement with Norwin A/S, a turbine technology company in Denmark.
The plant will produce 225-kilowatt and 750-kilowatt machines, suitable for wind projects at schools, municipal facilities, and shopping centers. Company officials said they hope to power the facility with its own turbine.
The company plans to continue to operate its Plymouth refurbishing business.
“There is a large market for wind power in the region because of our high power costs,” Aeronautica spokesman Brian Kuhn said in a statement.
Ian Bowles, secretary of the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said demand for turbines is growing following the passage of legislation to support renewable energy. He added that the state is working with Aeronautica to have the turbine plant located in Massachusetts.
Aeronautica’s move into manufacturing could help the state reach Governor Deval Patrick’s goal of having 2,000 megawatts of wind power generating capacity in Massachusetts by 2020. Currently, the state has under seven megawatts of capacity, and hundreds more on tap from proposed projects.
Smaller wind projects may be taking longer to complete because of a lengthy permitting process, according to a study on renewable energy that was prepared for Energy and Environmental Affairs and delivered to a state siting commission yesterday.
The study recommends that state officials consider making changes so that renewable energy projects are easier to develop and can take advantage of a streamlined “one-stop” permitting process.