Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ACCIONA Wind Turbine Plant in Iowa

ACCIONA Windpower's first wind turbine plant in the US will be operational this year (26/04/2007)

Located in Iowa, the plant represents an investment of 17 million euros and will have a production capacity of 250 turbines in 2008, a figure that is forecast to rise in later years. It will assemble 1.5 MW and 3 MW wind turbines; the larger model is at an advanced stage of development.

Next week ACCIONA Windpower will begin construction work on its first wind turbine plant in the United States; the facility is expected to be operational by the end of the year. It represents an investment of 16.9 million euros and will produce 250 AW-1500 wind turbines in 2008 using in-house technology. The selected site is West Branch, in the State of Iowa. It is the company's fourth wind turbine assembly plant, with another two in Spain and a third in China.

The choice of Iowa is due to its excellent logistical location in relation to a large number of wind power projects of the ACCIONA Group in the United States, and also to factors such as the existence of an industrial supplier base nearby, the support of the State and the city of West Branch for the investment, and the availability of a skilled workforce and technical training centers. Iowa holds third place in wind power capacity in the US after Texas and California.

The facility will cover 10,000 square meters on a 140,000 m2 site and will create over 100 new jobs in West Branch. ACCIONA Windpower is currently working on structuring a network of US suppliers for the plant, which will eventually become part of the overall supply chain of the company.

For the second consecutive year, in 2006 the USA was the country where wind power facilities were implemented at the fastest rate, which has enabled it to take second place from Spain in the world ranking of accumulated wind power capacity. ACCIONA has major projects under way in the US, some of which will be materialized this year.


ACCIONA's West Branch plant will supply wind turbines for wind farms located throughout North America and will provide the company, when it is operating at full capacity, with worldwide production capacity of 1,740 wind turbines for a total of 2,610 MW per year.

The West Branch facility will utilize ACCIONA's proprietary technology to produce its AW-1500 models, with rotor diameters of 77 and 82 meters for tower heights of 80 meters. The plant will also have the capacity to manufacture the company's future 3 megawatt AW-3000 model turbine.


Corporate information
ACCIONA Windpower is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACCIONA EnergĂ­a, the world leader in the renewables sector, with a presence in eight technologies.. In wind power the company has implemented 4,357 MW in 163 windparks located in 10 countries, of which 3,133 MW are owned by the company. It has three biomass plants- one of them a 25 MW straw-fired facility- and 59 MW in small hydro power stations. In solar energy it has installed 29 MW of photovoltaic power, equivalent to 23 MW of thermal power, and is currently building the biggest plant of this type in the world in the last 15 years in the United States. It produces 1,500 kW wind turbines using in-house technology and quality homologated biodiesel, and also bioethanol from wine-surplus alcohol.

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Anonymous said...

Wind Turbine factoires looking to settle in Ill, which would help the local economy. I think people are going green here, and these jobs would help the economy. Everyday there is something in the local paper about another wind farm going up near by. I was wondering if you every considered building a factory in the midwest. This town (Lincoln, IL) had many factories years ago and very soon another one will pull out leaving 100 people without jobs. Other factories have long since pulled out and other factories have laid off. I'm sure there is more than adequate job force here. Not to mention we live on the jet stream it's windy and this new technology seems to be popular. I have my own business here locally Lincoln, IL my business name is Grand Design. If you were interested in looking at this area for development it's in Logan County and the Mayor and or Economic Development person would help you. It's a great area between many larger cities,competitve wages and many companies use this location as a hub to network and delivery thier products nationwide. I recently was in news for fighting Amern's high prices and convincing the city council to oppose any rate increases, this is the article:
Small business owner fights Ameren
A proposed rate increase by Ameren Illinois has several local communities up in arms - and at least one local businessman is calling attention to the looming rate hike.
Jeff Granda, owner of Grand Design at 509 Broadway, asked the Lincoln City Council this week to formally oppose Ameren's proposed rate increase. Aldermen agreed - informally, because they were not in a voting session - and Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman said she would write a letter in time to beat

I think with cost of fossil fuels rising around the country and the world your technology will take off and enhance an already overloaded system. I would really enjoy hearing about your products solar and wind. Hope to hear from you and thank you for your time.
Jeff Granda
Grand Design
Lincoln, IL 62656

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wind energy said...

It is nice that ACCIONA wind power is recently working for structuring the best network of US suppliers for the plant that soon becomes a part of worldwide supply chain of the company.

Kat Bockli said...

Check out this video of an Illinois Elementary school who installed a wind turbine.

Vertical Wind Turbine said...

The newer models of vertical wind turbine keep getting smaller, sleeker, and more efficient with each new design. Besides the benefits previously mentioned, recent models currently boast of the following; a lower profile on rooftops, not subject to the same regulations as their horizontal counterparts, less noise, almost no vibration, lower maintenance and repair costs due to fewer moving parts, and self regulation spin speeds in high wind circumstances.

Green Energy Planet said...

It is possible to use a home made wind turbine made out of recycled car parts. I believe it is much cheaper this way.