Wind Turbine Manufacturing Plant to be Built in Idaho
Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter and Pocatello Mayor Roger Chase have announced that Nordic Windpower, Ltd., a manufacturer of two-bladed, utility-scale wind turbines, has selected Pocatello as the site for a manufacturing facility. The company says the plant will create more than 160 technical, engineering, and administrative jobs as well as positions at operational centers in California and the United Kingdom.
The Berkeley, California-based company says it decided to site the facility in Pocatello because of favorable cost of operations, a readily available workforce, and a location central to potential customers and transportation.
Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2008 with turbine delivery beginning in November of that year. The company expects to produce at least 20 turbines per month by September 2009. Nordic said it could expand its leased 42,786 square-foot facility up to four times that size if demand increases.
"Idaho is very pleased to have attracted Nordic Windpower, a rapidly growing company in the renewable energy sector," Otter said. "Idaho is committed to increasing our energy independence by increasing renewable energy use to 25 percent by 2025. That will mean great new jobs for Idahoans as we continue to draw leading alternate energy businesses such as Nordic Windpower to our state."
Nordic's two-bladed turbines are based on a 30-year, $75 million investment in research and development by the Swedish government. The company has offices in Sweden in addition to the United Kingdom and California.
To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Idaho, see:
- Idaho news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the Idaho Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- Idaho publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.