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In N.C., 60 workers produce massive wind turbine rotor blades

July 16, 2013

3A Composites – the global market leader in structural core materials – operates a 125,000-square-foot factory in High Point, N.C., where raw components sourced from the company’s factories and industry partners are converted into strong, lightweight materials. One significant use for the factory’s end products is in the manufacture...

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30-employee Canton, Mich. Company Powers Wind Industry

July 16, 2013

Danotek Motion Technologies, based in Canton, Mich., is a developer and manufacturer of efficient, reliable, and competitive generation and conversion technologies. Founded in 2001 by three former GE engineers, the company initially focused on the small-scale distributed generation and transportation industries. Now Danotek is the only U.S.-based company to...

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Chicago-based Nordex USA creates wind manufacturing jobs

July 16, 2013

In 2008, Nordex USA Inc. opened its U.S. headquarters in Chicago. It’s hardly slowed down since. Nordex manufactures utility-scale wind turbines and offers a full range of services, from developing wind farms to construction and installation, commissioning, and post-operational service and maintenance. The firm even helps clients obtain financing...

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Tower of wind power: Mich. company opens new turbine manufacturing facility

July 16, 2013

Based in Monroe, Mich., Ventower Industries is a manufacturer and supplier of utility-scale wind turbine towers. Ventower began production of its towers in late 2011 after cutting the ribbon on its state-of-the-art, 115,000-square-foot facility. The company is planning to initially produce 200-250 towers per year and is capable of...

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Wayne County, Pa., Wind Farm Creates Consulting Jobs

July 16, 2013

With offices in Dickson City and Portage, Pa., and San Diego, Calif., Shoener Environmental is a bi-coastal environmental consulting firm that provides services to both large and small energy ventures. The company began helping clients site, construct, and manage wind energy projects in 2000, when NextEra Energy Resources –...

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Wind energy megawatts adding up for Chermac

July 16, 2013

After 17 years as a petroleum engineering and oil and gas company, Chermac Energy Corp. entered the wind business in 1999. The Oklahoma City-based company is responsible for 364 megawatts of wind-generated power to date, with almost 3,000 megawatts of development currently in the works in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas,...

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Chinook Wind: Pioneering Wash. company lassos industry growth

July 16, 2013

John Bosche’s foray into the wind industry began when he serendipitously walked into an American Wind Energy Association convention in 1990. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the several hundred already working in the wind power business, and the steady cost declines of electricity generated from the renewable resource,...

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Michigan yacht builder charts new course with wind

July 16, 2013

By Environmental Entrepreneurs Prior to the recession, S2 Yachts, a designer and manufacturer of yachts based in Holland, Mich., was evaluating new business opportunities. The diversification effort was solidified in July 2008 when Energetx Composites was founded as a standalone sister company. This brought S2 Yachts’ 50-plus years of...

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Colorado business owner plants parking lot ‘solar trees’

July 16, 2013

By Bob Keefe When Erin Geegan looks at a parking lot, she sees more than a spot to park. She envisions a place to generate electricity and help protect the environment – while also making a buck. Zam Energy, Geegan’s Boulder, Colo.-based company, aims to help building owners turn...

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Detroit workers install solar power at brewery

July 16, 2013

Power Panel is a combined photovoltaic/thermal solar system manufacturer in Detroit. First conceptualized in 2006 by president Garth Schultz, the technology is different from many other types of solar panels. Power Panel’s product is different in that it generates electricity from photovoltaic, or PV, cells as well as harnessing...

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Rack ’em up! AET adapts auto technology to manufacture solar panel racks

July 16, 2013

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), headquartered outside Detroit in Clinton Township, Mich., is leveraging American ingenuity from the auto industry into a different sector: solar manufacturing. Founded several years go by current president and CEO, Craig Winn, and his team of three engineers from the automotive industry, AET has grown...

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Full steam ahead for BrightSource Energy

July 16, 2013

BrightSource Energy Inc., headquartered in Oakland, Calif., designs, develops, and sells solar thermal power systems that deliver clean energy to utilities and industrial companies. BrightSource’s technology uses the sun’s energy to create the world’s highest-temperature and highest-pressure steam, which is used to produce electricity. The company’s utility customers include...

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