Acconia Windpower, a Spanish producer of wind turbines, announced that it has opened a $23 million wind turbine generator production plant in West Branch Iowa. The 200,190 sq. ft. facility was constructed in seven months.
The plant is scheduled to produce 200 wind turbines in 2008, with plans to increase to 400 turbines per year in the future. The facility will supply turbines primarily for Acciona Energy wind farms throughout North America and will utilize proprietary technology to produce its AWP 1.5-77 models. (This model is believed to be part of the AW 1500 series, in particular the AW-77/1500-CII (1,500 kW, 77 meters diameter), which is available in classes I, II and III, with rotors between 70 and 82 meters in diameter and tubular steel towers of 80 and 60 meters high, more details here) The blades will most likely be produced at a facility in Lumber (Navarra, Spain) which is scheduled to open this year.
The new plant at West Branch is Acciona’s fourth wind turbine plant to be installed, with two plants currently operational in Spain and one in China. Acciona’s West Branch plant will increase the company’s total production capacity up to 2,280 MW a year. Acconia, as of Sept 30,2007, had 3 windparks in the U.S. with a total power of 141 MW.
ACCIONA Energy, the parent company to Acconia Windpower, is a world leader in renewables with a strong presence in eight sectors. It is the first developer of windparks in the world with more than 5,300 MW installed in twelve countries. The company recently launched Nevada Solar OneTM, the largest solar thermal power plant (64 MW) built in the world in the last 17 years, has installed more than 40 MW of photovoltaic and 29 MW of solar hot water power in Spain, and owns three biomass plants (33 MW) and 19 small hydro power stations (59 MW). In the field of biofuels, the company produces biodiesel from vegetable oil and biotethanol from wine-surplus alcohol.