Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc. is entering the distributed and community wind energy market through an agreement that makes Harvest the Wind Network a primary distributor of Gamesa’s family of G5X-850-kW turbines.
“Distributed and community wind is the next frontier for Gamesa,” said David Rosenberg, Vice President of Marketing for Gamesa North America. “Combine our turbine platform with Harvest the Wind’s vast network of distributed wind developers, and the wind energy solutions we can jointly bring to communities and businesses across North America is enormous.”
Gamesa’s G5X-850-kW platform is a good fit for community and distributed wind energy projects. First installed in 2001, the turbine’s performance is well tested and validated, with more than 9,482 units (8,060 MW) installed around the world.
Because Gamesa says it continuously adapts its equipment to the most demanding connection grids and surroundings, the G5X-850 works well regardless of environmental conditions such as corrosive, desert dry, humid, and high or low temperatures. Environmental flexibility is vital to developers as community and distributed wind energy projects spread across the United States and occupy a variety of terrains.
Distributed and community wind projects are among fastest-growing segment in the U.S. wind industry as more cooperatives, smaller utilities, commercial businesses, small and large industrials, and communities embrace the clean-energy opportunities and utility savings.
Harvest the Wind Network is part of BTI Inc., a fourth-generation family business in southwest Kansas. BTI launched the network while rebuilding after a powerful tornado destroyed their business and community in Greensburg, Kansas, in May 2007. The small southwest Kansas town resolved to rebuild as America’s “greenest city,” and BTI Inc. was reborn, with a new addition, BTI Wind Energy LLC.
Harvest the Wind Network consists of 13 independent dealer groups in more than 200 locations. The network has installed and is servicing over 125 turbines, with more than 100 projects in progress ranging in size from 50 kW to 10 MW.
“The United States currently has a mid-scale wind turbine void that will be filled through this timely partnership,” says Haley Estes, Vice President of Harvest the Wind Network. “The two companies will provide American industries with the ability to power manufacturing plants, schools and large industrial facilities, which will create nationwide jobs and foster energy independence.”
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