Spain's Gamesa to locate blade facility in Pennsylvania

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Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has chosen to locate its Pennsylvania blade making facility at the South Industrial Complex in Ellensburg, about 20 miles from Johnston in Cambria County. CEO Juan Ignacio Lopez Gandasegui says that in the US Gamesa will be serving the world's fastest growing wind energy market. The company is in the process of establishing its North American headquarters and East Coast development offices in Philadelphia. Over the next five years it plans to invest up to $40 million in the state and to employ as many as 1000 people. The turbine blade facility will employ 236. Pennsylvania was chosen in part because of a renewable energy standard adopted by the state in last November that requires 18% (about 3600 MW) of Pennsylvania's electricity to come from renewables by 2020. Pennsylvania utilities have ordered 600 MW of Gamesa turbines. Gamesa bought 90% of Midwest developer Navitas Energy in 2002 to gain a toehold in the US market. The company is currently developing projects in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa. All are managed and supervised from Gamesa's Minneapolis office. Gamesa Energía is developing projects in the Southwest out of its office in Austin, Texas.

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