European Companies Enter U.S. Wind Market
Two European companies have made major capital investments in the U.S. wind energy market, committing to stateside manufacturing facilities to prepare them for an anticipated wave of wind farm development in the U.S.
NEG Micon USA Inc., a Danish subsidiary based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., recently opened a wind turbine assembly plant in Champaign, Ill., and LM Glasfiber Inc., also of Denmark, is opening a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Grand Forks, N.D.
“The clean energy equipment manufacturing and assembly industry is anticipated to be a very large source of new manufacturing jobs in the 21st century,” said Randall Swisher, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) president.
The plants are the first to be built in the new era of large commercial wind farms, featuring megawatt-scale turbines reaching as high as 370 ft. at the ti¥of the blade. AWEA anticipates this influx of wind farm construction would push U.S. wind capacity from 1,680 MW at the beginning of the year to more than 2,400 MW by mid-year.