Tuesday 4 February 2014

Wind turbine maker Gamesa to close US factory

Wind turbine maker Gamesa to close US factory

Spain’s largest wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is reportedly planning to close a blade factory in western Pennsylvania in the US.

The firm said it had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs down and “maintain a strong market presence”.

Reports claim the eight-year-old Ebensburg plant, which is primarily used as a repair facility, is expected to close at the end of March which will lead to 62 job losses.

The announcement comes as the production tax credit for wind power in the US expired at the end of last year. Projects that started construction before the end of 2013 may qualify for the production tax credit, which pays wind farm owners 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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