Wind Energy Maintenance and Repair Company Launched

 The growing U.S. wind energy market and associated repair demand has prompted the launch of Wind Energy Services Co. (WES, Independence, Kan.). The new company recently held grand openings at its wind energy service and repair operations in Independence, Kan., and Sweetwater, Texas.

The growing U.S. wind energy market and associated repair demand has prompted the launch of Wind Energy Services Co. (WES, Independence, Kan.). The new company recently held grand openings at its wind energy service and repair operations in Independence, Kan., and Sweetwater, Texas. WES, whose parent company is Molded Fiber Glass Companies (Ashtabula, Ohio), will offer repair services for blades, nacelles, spinners and associated structural and surface components.

Kansas Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson cut the ribbon during the April 2 opening ceremony in Independence. April 3 saw the opening of the Texas facility, which is strategically located within 200 miles of more than 6,000 MW of operational wind energy (almost half of U.S. capacity) and within 30 miles of more than 10 major wind energy projects. This close proximity will enable WES to facilitate immediate onsite response and service in addition to conducting in-house blade repair at its new three-acre site.

Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham, who is also executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium, indicates that the opening of the WES facility is critical to the growth of the wind industry in the region. He notes that during 2008, Nolan County, Texas will surpass California, the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, and France in wind energy capacity. The county is already home to the three largest wind energy projects in the U.S. — Horse Hollow (the world’s largest), Sweetwater and Buffalo Gap.

Richard Morrison, CEO of Molded Fiber Glass Cos., comments, “The key is to decrease the logistical costs of blade and nacelle repair. In fact, it costs approximately $10 to $15 per mile to move these huge blades — therefore, WES’ goal is to provide essential onsite repair to cultivate a culture of manageable repair in response to market growth.”

The company’s mobile response service teams are equipped to assess and repair damage resulting from lightning strikes, shipping and installation damage, structural cracking, leading-edge erosion and coating failure, blade balancing, and cosmetic/general warranty repair.