Wisconsin Rapids company mulls Great Lakes wind farms

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: Economic development, Wind |

From an article by Nathaniel Shuda in the Wausau Daily Herald:

leaders of a Wisconsin Rapids company finalize logistics of a planned local manufacturing plant, they have their sights set on an even larger project.

Officials with Energy Composites Corp. are developing a group to build wind farms on the Great Lakes, said Sam Fairchild, chief executive officer.

“There have been a lot of groups trying to align some interest in the Great Lakes in terms of energy,” Fairchild said Friday. “The problem is no one is trying to build wind farms in the Great Lakes. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Two weeks after announcing plans to form what it’s calling a Great Lakes Consortium, Energy Composites already has attracted the attention of state and federal officials, outside energy companies and power utilities in states surrounding the lakes, Fairchild said. Because of that, company leaders are trying to acquire federal funding for wind development.

Energy Composites, which plans to build a 350,000-square-foot wind turbine component plant in Wisconsin Rapids, is drafting a document to send to all parties interested in the Great Lakes project and then wants to organize a commercial development session with financiers and developers, Fairchild said. He already is talking with wind farm developers across the nation in an attempt to garner their support.

“I have had parties step forward and say, ‘I was going to build as far out as South Dakota,'” Fairchild said. Now they have decided to consider the Great Lakes as a potential location.


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