From Green Right Now Reports
Wind industry manufacturer Alstom today joined officials of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation to begin construction of its 115,000 square foot wind turbine assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas.
The facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2011, is expected to create 275 full time engineering, production, and technical support jobs when the plant is at full capacity. The project was announced earlier this week in Dallas at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2010 conference.
“The North American wind power market—already one of the strongest in the world—is projected to continue to grow as legislators, regulators, NGOs, and the public seek the benefits that clean, renewable wind power is perfectly suited to deliver,” Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Wind Vice President, said in a statement. “Amarillo is the ideal location for Alstom’s wind power manufacturing hub in North America because it is centrally located in an area that is expected to create a substantial number of new wind power projects over the next several years.
“In addition, Amarillo has invested in the infrastructure needed to transport the sizeable equipment to potential sites all across North America and the resources needed to train its work force to be as productive as possible.”
Workers at the Amarillo facility will assemble the “nacelles” — i.e., the generator, gearbox, and control systems — that make up a wind turbine. The nacelles will be transported to sites where they will be combined with blades and a tower to create the complete wind turbine generator.
Alstom Wind, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, has thus far installed or is installing over 1850 wind turbines in more than 100 wind farms, corresponding to a total capacity of over 2200 megawatts.
Green job facts
Project: Wind turbine assembly facility
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Total jobs: 275 full-time
Specialties: Engineering, production, and technical support
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