Acciona Celebrates Completion of First Wind Turbine Production Plant in U.S.

Acciona celebrated last week (Thursday 17th) the opening of its first wind turbine generator production plant in the United States.

Acciona Windpower invested $23 million to acquire the former Sauer-Danfoss hydraulics plant and expand it by 100,000 square feet to assemble wind turbines. The facility measures a total of 200,190 square feet.

The project was constructed in seven months. Acciona’s North America Vice President of Manufacturing Adrian LaTrace said this was the “fastest-built wind turbine plant” in the company’s 100-year history.

170108_westbranch.jpgIowa Governor Chet Culver, Sandy Hatfield, Mayor of West Branch, and University of Iowa President, Sally Mason, joined company executives and guests for the facility’s official dedication.

Peter Duprey, CEO of Acciona Energy North America Corp., said the company will create 100 new jobs right away, and 1,300 total by 2010. About 60 employees already have been hired, and visitors could glance up at the first nacelle produced in the plant.

In its first year, the plant is expected to produce 250 wind turbines, with plans to increase production to 400 turbines per year in the future. Those numbers will increase Acciona Energy’s power production to 2,600 megawatts a year. The new plant at West Branch is Acciona’s fourth installed, with two plants currently operational in Spain and one in China.

“We’re pleased to create new growth opportunities” Duprey said during a ceremony in front of about 200 community and business leaders, Acciona employees and Senior executives from Acciona’s management team in Spain. Also present were the Ambassador Javier Ruperez, Consul General of Spain in Chicago and Enrique Alejo, Spanish Trade Commissioner. They took the opportunity of visiting the state to meet with different state officials to strengthen the economic ties between Iowa and Spain.


Acciona´s wind turbine manufacturing plant in Navarra, Spain

The facility will supply turbines primarily for Acciona Energy wind farms throughout North America and will utilize proprietary technology from its wind turbine manufacturing subsidiary, Acciona Windpower, to produce its AWP 1.5-77 models. A 1.5 megawatt turbine can provide electricity to 4,500 homes. The plant is prepared to accomodate the production of a 3 megawatt turbine that is currently in development.

Surrounded by the gigantic parts that go into a wind turbine, Gov. Chet Culver and other area leaders praised Acciona Energy not only for job creation and economic development, but also for helping offer more renewable energy to the world. Gov. Culver has made energy independence for Iowa one of his major goals. Acciona’s plant will be the third wind facility in the state, following a Clipper manufacturer in Cedar Rapids and a Siemens wind turbine plant being built in Fort Madison.

The United States is a hot market for wind power. The American Wind Energy Association said total wind generation capacity in the country increased by a record 45 percent in 2007.

Acciona’s parent company has become part of that boom. It recently completed its largest wind development, the 180-megawatt Tatanka wind project on the border of North Dakota and South Dakota. Acciona also has launched Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt solar thermal power plant that is the largest built worldwide in 17 years

(All photos courtesy of Acciona)

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9 Comments on “Acciona Celebrates Completion of First Wind Turbine Production Plant in U.S.”

  1. […] Alexander, the developer from NaturEner supervising the project, said the turbines were built at the plant in Iowa (West Branch) owned by Spain-based Acciona. The blades were constructed by LM Glasfiber and the towers were built by DMI Industries, both of […]

  2. […] energy corridor. We drove out to Waddams Grove to check on the progress of the installation of this new wind “park” as it is called in this article by Acconia.  I had no idea that these turbines are being […]

  3. Jamal A K Ramdoun Says:

    I would like to know all new succsesful news about youd great company and I wish to be big costomer dealing with (Acciona) wishing you all the best.

  4. Tory Major Says:

    You’ve done it once again. Superb post.

  5. Marcus Tripp Says:

    If only I had a buck for every time I came here.. Amazing read.

  6. Hydraulics is my field of expertise. In recent years I have seen windmills have been modernized with the use of hydraulics in conjunction with power electronic controllers to achieve reliable electricity supply. This link between these two great countries will generate much benefit for the world. Congratulations!

  7. ameer Says:

    thanks, for the information . i hade a class activity on windmills
    n i got a nice remark

    thanks thanks thanks
    from a boy

  8. lahouari Says:

    Quiero partes para motores eléctricos continuaron


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