In June of 2010, wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind opened an office in Chicago and hired a mix of American and Canadian staff with the hopes of establishing a truly local presence in the Americas. That strategy continues to pay off as Goldwind today announced several deals in the Americas bringing its total to thirteen.
“We are thrilled with the progress we have made in the Americas because it demonstrates that the market here understands the technology and efficiency advantages that accompany the Goldwind turbine,” said Matthew Olive, Vice President of Sales for Goldwind in the Americas. “We have also worked with a diverse set of developers and utility companies from several regions of the continent, each understanding that with Goldwind, comes a suite of solutions for wind project development including common equity, mezzanine financing, and term project finance, among other offerings.” The company has also partnered with Mainstream Renewables and One Energy for projects in the US.
Goldwind’s efforts to localize have aided its momentum in the Americas. According to Kate Dusett, the company’s point person for logistics, planning and sourcing, the company has been reliant on local sources of content to achieve its goals. “We have worked with a variety of US companies to make our projects happen here, said Dusett. “With help from companies such as LM Wind Power, Broadwind Energy, The Timken Company, Maxwell Technologies, and many others, we’ve built high quality projects and created over 400 US jobs in the process.”
The company has announced (as of Jan 2012) turbine sales to new customers: Enel Green Power North America, Wind Energy Developers, and Debenham Energy. Each will use Goldwind’s permanent magnet direct-drive turbine on their wind farms.
Upon completion, Goldwind USA will have projects operating in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island in addition to Ecuador and Chile. In all, Goldwind has over 200MW of turbine sales and project acquisitions in place in its 18 months in the Americas.
“Goldwind has long strived to establish itself as a global company serving a variety of international markets,” says Wang Haibo, head of the Hong Kong based company. “We have made tremendous progress in meeting that goal with sales in Pakistan, Africa, South America, Europe Australia and other regions thanks to our efforts to localize our operations. The US market is particularly competitive and to succeed there demonstrates any global company’s ability to compete on an international scale and we are pleased to see such promising results in such a short period of time.”