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Iconic tractor firm Deere and Co adds wind energy to its product line

Deere and Co, manufacturer of the iconic John Deere farm tractor, is adding wind energy to its product line. The Iowa-based farm equipment giant is actively seeking to assist farmers, schools or municipalities that want to generate their own power, says business development manager Karl-Heinz Mertins. He says the company views community based wind energy as an economic opportunity for rural America. "Instead of everybody being on their own, John Deere would like to buy wind turbines and distribute them throughout the country," he says. "[Deere] would like to streamline the business while taking the time and cost out of wind energy installations." Recently, the company bought 31, 1.25 MW turbines from India's Suzlon for sites in Minnesota and Texas. In Texas, it is developing 30 MW in three projects, each of eight machines, and in Minnesota a single seven turbine project.

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