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November 25, 2009

A-Power and US-REG to Build Wind Energy Turbine in U.S.

By Kelly McGuire
TMCnet Editor

In efforts to reduce carbon emissions and create a more environmentally friendly environment, two powerful energy groups have joined forces to create a “green” system throughout the Americas.

A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. and the U.S. Renewable Energy Group, or “US-REG,” will develop and construct a new production and assembly plant in the United States that will supply highly advanced wind energy turbines to renewable energy projects throughout North and South America.

Ed Cunningham, US-REG Managing Partner, said that the combined investment, expertise and resources of the two companies will bring clean, reliable and affordable renewable technologies to the marketplace. 

“This planned investment will spur tremendous growth and allow many out of work Americans to re-enter the work force in the high-paying, renewable energy sector,” Cunningham said. 

With an estimated 320,000 square feet, the new wind turbine facility is projected to produce 1,100 megawatts of wind energy turbines annually. Additionally, after the facility is completely finished, over 1,000 individuals will be employed. 

In addition to production and assembly at the new plant, the plan calls for many of the key wind turbine components to be sourced from U.S. manufacturers, further expanding the number of jobs created in the United States. 

According to John Lin, director and chief operating officer at A-Power, said that there are great opportunities in renewable energy in America. “This state-of-the-art facility will be our first major step towards bringing clean, renewable energy to the world's largest wind power country,” he added.

This agreement marks the culmination of a long process initiated in 2007 during which A-Power conducted economic analysis and sought strategic partners to enter the U.S. wind power market. 

On October 29, 2009, Shenyang Power Group and US-REG announced plans to develop a $1.5 billion, 600MW wind farm across approximately 36,000 acres in Texas, for which A-Power has been designated as the turbine supplier.

Cappy McGarr, US-REG Managing Partner, said that the decision to construct the wind energy facility in the United States is the direct result of America's commitment to renewable energy and the strength and skill of the American workforce. 

“This project expects to create thousands of American jobs and is further evidence that President Obama's goal of reducing our reliance on foreign oil and achieving energy independence is opening doors to increased investment and technological developments in the U.S. renewable energy market,” McGarr said.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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