CO: Southwest Windpower Opens Additional Facility in Broomfield
2 Dec, 2011
Wind turbine and solar hybrid company cites regional support for renewable energy, strength of nearby institutions and city assistance among reasons for selecting Broomfield
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Southwest Windpower, the world's leading manufacturer of distributed generation wind turbines, announced Dec. 1, 2011, the opening of an additional location in Broomfield, Colo. The Flagstaff, Ariz.-based company is opening the additional facility to focus on development of a wind testing site and commercial sales.
The new office is part of the company's shift toward providing renewable energy systems worldwide for commercial and industrial markets such as telecommunications, village electrification and other large multiple-unit projects. The Broomfield engineering facility and sales team will focus on product development for the specific technical needs of these types of sites. Previously, the company focused on smaller-scale applications for residences or small businesses.
The Broomfield office will be located at 100 Technology Drive, within the Interlocken business park. It is anticipated that the location will be staffed by year-end. The location's proximity to the National Wind Technology Center, run by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where the company will have a test site, was a factor in the site selection, as was assistance by Broomfield city and county governments. Additionally, a major investor in the company, Altira Group, is based in Denver.
"The forward thinking environment, spirit of innovation and general support for renewable energy in the area made Broomfield attractive to us as a company," said Scott Brown, Interim CEO of Southwest Windpower, adding, "There's also tremendous potential for collaboration with nearby institutions such as NREL, University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines."
Southwest Windpower's manufacturing facility, customer support and residential sales units will continue to operate out of its Flagstaff, Ariz., location.
About Southwest Windpower
Southwest Windpower has been designing and distributing small wind turbines since 1987 and is the recognized global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of small wind and wind-solar hybrid systems (160-3000 watts). The company has been a pioneer in the development of wind technology and has built and shipped more than 170,000 wind turbines to over 120 countries worldwide and has sales representation in over 88 countries. The company operates a sales office and distribution center in Cologne, Germany, and a joint venture in Ningbo, China. Applications for Southwest Windpower systems include residential homes, commercial properties, micro grids, remote cabins, telecom transmitters, offshore platforms, water pumping and sailboats. Southwest Windpower is the manufacturer of Skystream, Whisper and AIR lines of wind energy systems.