Spain's Acciona opens first American manufacturing facility

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Spain's Acciona, a wind project developer and turbine maker, last month celebrated the opening of its first American manufacturing facility. The $22.5 million factory, in West Branch, Iowa, will churn out 250, 1.5 MW units next year and aims to double that rate for 2009. Most turbines are destined for Acciona projects in the US and Canada. Last summer saw the company secured a potential of 1300 MW of wind projects in the US from EcoEnergy in the states of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and it is building two projects in New Brunswick (page 50). Using Acciona turbines shipped from Spain, the company completed the 180 MW Tatanka project, spread across territory in North and South Dakota, last year. Acciona says it has stakes in 400 MW of operating wind farms in North America: 266 MW in the US and 136 MW in Canada, amounting to 250 MW in outright ownership, of which about 60 MW is in Canada. The Iowa facility will also assemble an Acciona 3 MW unit expected on the market in 2010. The US factory, together with two assembly plants in Spain and one in China, brings Acciona's annual production capacity to 2280 MW a year.

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