The Canadian company is manufacturing two types of polyester blades -- for the 43 metre rotor diameter model and the 46 metre 600e model. Tacke Windpower is expected in the future to produce at least 50% of all the blades for 600 kW turbines required by Tacke Windtechnik. The production plant employs 65 people.
"Some 95% of the parts of the blade are now sourced in North America, to North American standards," says Tacke Windpower's president, Helge Wittholz. "This greatly reduces production costs, while shipping costs have been reduced by one-third thanks to our new integrated shipping frame, which houses three blades."
The only Tacke wind turbine yet installed in Canada is a 600 kW machine, installed nearly a year ago at Kincardine, Ontario, adjacent to Ontario Hydro's Bruce nuclear power complex.