ACCIONA Opens Wind Turbine Plant in U.S.

ACCIONA (Madrid, Spain) has opened its first wind turbine production facility in the U.S. in West Branch, Iowa. Built in seven months at a cost of $23 million (USD), the 200,000-ft² (18,580 m²) plant will produce 200 of the company’s AW-1500 turbines in 2008 and 400 annually in future years. The plant will have an

ACCIONA (Madrid, Spain) has opened its first wind turbine production facility in the U.S. in West Branch, Iowa. Built in seven months at a cost of $23 million (USD), the 200,000-ft² (18,580 m²) plant will produce 200 of the company’s AW-1500 turbines in 2008 and 400 annually in future years. The plant will have an annual capacity of 2,280 MW and primarily will supply wind turbines for ACCIONA wind power projects in North America. The first turbine was rolled out in December 2007. This is ACCIONA Windpower’s fourth production plant; the others are in Spain and China.

ACCIONA’s AW-1500 wind turbines are rated at 1.5-MW. By 2010, ACCIONA intends for the factory to produce an AW-3000 (3 MW) turbine, which is now in development. The new turbine will be available with rotors measuring 77m and 82m (252 ft and 269 ft) in diameter. The company doubled its wind energy capacity from 2006 to 2007 and now is the ninth ranked supplier of wind turbines in the world. ACCIONA Energy North America (Chicago, Ill.) recently installed its biggest wind park at Tatanka, a 180-MW facility that occupies land in parts of North and South Dakota.