PowerWind successfully enters the US market

* First 900 kW wind turbine installed in Berkshire East ski resort

*Focusing on community-scale segment with small and medium-sized projects

Right for the beginning of the ski season, the German manufacturer PowerWind GmbH has installed a PowerWind 56 wind turbine in the US ski resort Berkshire East, Massachusetts. The turbine, with a rated power of 900 kW, will produce more than 100 percent of the energy needed annually for operating the chair lifts and snow cannons. The excessive energy is used for supplying energy to the nearby small town Charlemont.

For PowerWind, this project is the entry into the American community-scale market. It includes small and medium-sized projects with local owners. The energy is used in the geographically close environment of the turbine, the produced energy remains in the region. Typical operators of such community wind power stations in the US are schools, towns or vacation or leisure sites, such as Berkshire East.

The customer of the first PowerWind wind turbine in the US is the company Berkshire East Ski Resort, managed by the Schaefer family whose ancestors came from Switzerland. The electricity produced by the PowerWind turbine guarantees that the company's electricity bill will be cut down to zero, and that they can even make profit by selling energy to the local energy provider. In addition to a reduction of the carbon footprint, PowerWind 56 also ensures the profitability of the ski resort.
The company Sustainable Energy Development (SED) specialized in community wind projects was responsible for developing the project. Both the Schaefer family and SED now see PowerWind as the "perfect match". The ways of thinking and working optimally matched, and they say that they are impressed by the personal commitment of each person involved. PowerWind GmbH will further expand the community business in the US in the following years. The course has already been set.

About PowerWind GmbH

PowerWind GmbH is a German manufacturer of wind turbines with 900 kW and 2500 kW rated power as well as a provider of product-specific services. This dynamically growing company was founded in 2007 and is financed by the international investor Warburg Pincus. The company is represented in Germany at two locations, Hamburg and Bremerhaven. In the state-of-the-art production facility in Bremerhaven, the 900 kW wind turbine type PowerWind 56 has been manufactured in series since January of 2008. The first 2.5 MW wind turbine of type PowerWind 90 was installed in December 2010.
PowerWind GmbH
Christoph Broesamle

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