German Nordex plans US market re-entry

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After a five-year absence from the North American market, German turbine manufacturer Nordex is making a re-entry and also intends to set up a turbine manufacturing facility somewhere in the US with production from it expected in 2009. Nordex's cumulative past sales in North America have amounted to 78 MW in total. It pulled out of the market in 2002 amidst a combination of shaky company finances and an expiration of wind's federal production tax credit in the US. A weak dollar is playing a big role in the decision to establish manufacturing in the US now the company is back on solid financial footing. "It's not possible to produce here and sell to the US," says the company's Felix Losada from Germany. Nordex plans for the US to make up 15% of its sales by 2011, he adds. Decisions on the location of the manufacturing facility will be made before the end of the year and are pending negotiations on turbine contracts. The company plans to offer two variations of its 2.5 MW turbine. Nordex turbines in North America are installed in eight projects: Green Mountain in Pennsylvania at 10.4 MW; Palm Springs, California (10 MW); Minot in North Dakota (two 1.3 MW units); Chamberlain in South Dakota (two 1.3 MW units); Forest City, Iowa (one 600 kW unit); and a 26 MW facility at Pincher Creek, Canada.

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