PA Governor Rendell Inaugurates Gamesa’s New Facility

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell marked the official opening earlier this week of Gamesa Corp.’s manufacturing facility for wind turbine generator blades — its first in North America — at the South Park Industrial Complex in Cambria County. More than 230 people will work at the new plant.

The Spanish wind-energy company is investing $84 million to locate its U.S. headquarters and four manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania. In addition to the Ebensburg plant, three new advanced technology plants are planned for Bucks County, where 300 workers will produce windmill blades and towers and assemble the nacelles, which house the wind turbines. Gamesa President Alfonso Basagoiti noted the relevance of this important industrial project in the United States, “which reinforces the long-term commitment of the company with the U.S. wind power market and which is strengthened by a solid base of a significant order book in the wind turbine sales.” Pennsylvania has 153 megawatts (MW) that provide enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes, making it a leader in wind production east of the Mississippi, the release states. With more than 5,000 MW of untapped wind power in the state, there is a potential to generate 45 billion kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power more than 5 million homes. Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, said to be one of the most progressive in the nation, ensures that 18 percent of all retail energy generated by 2020 comes from clean, efficient and advanced resources, creating jobs and cleaning up the environment. Grants and loans up to $215 million for clean energy projects in the state will create 1,558 permanent and construction jobs. Another $59 million has or will assist projects in wind, solar, biomass, waste coal and recycled energy within the state. “Advanced energy technology is about achieving both environmental protection and economic development — at the same time,” Governor Rendell said.
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