First Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Produced In Michigan

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Merrill Technologies Group and Northern Power Systems have unveiled the first utility-scale wind turbine that was manufactured and assembled in Michigan. Merrill's Saginaw, Mich., manufacturing facility supplied parts for the turbine, which was funded in part under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Merrill Technologies Group received a $22 million 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing tax credit to expand its production facilities in order to manufacture wind turbine nacelles.

The company has invested $73 million in the facility to produce these wind turbine components for Northern Power Systems' new 2.2 MW utility-scale wind turbine.

Merrill Technologies is also using $3 million awarded through the Michigan Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing program to purchase equipment for manufacturing commercial-sized wind turbine systems.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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