Turbine number 100 is being shipped to Lincoln County, Minnesota and will be one of the 73 turbines stalled there for a 25 MW wind plant being developed by Northern States Power Co. More than 50 of the 33M-VS turbines have already been shipped, including 25 to Alberta, Canada. Kenetech also has contracts outstanding for 615 of the machines in project developments in the Northwest, New England, Texas, Europe and New Zealand. It has pending contracts for an additional 1155 turbines in the US, Canada and Europe, according to the company.
The size of Kenetech Corp will "easily double" within the next five years, says the company's Bud Grebey. The Kenetech Windpower division, the company's largest, employs 400 at its Livermore facility. Grebey bases his prediction on the company's accelerated production schedule. The 100th 33M-VS rolled off the assembly line in mid-November. By the end of 1994, Kenetech will have made more than 650 of the utility-scale machines, according to Kenetech Windpower president, Joel Canino.