WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on today's unveiling by Merrill Technologies Group and Northern Power Systems of the first-ever utility-scale wind turbine manufactured and assembled in Michigan. Merrill Technologies' Saginaw, Michigan manufacturing facility that supplied parts for the turbine was funded in part under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus.
"Today's announcement in Saginaw shows what's possible when the public and private sector come together to invest in the next generation of U.S manufacturing," said Secretary Chu. "These investments under the Recovery Act are helping to ensure that Michigan stays at the forefront of America's clean energy economy for years to come."
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT
Under the Recovery Act, Merrill Technologies Group received a $22 million 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit to expand its production facilities to manufacture wind turbine nacelles, which are the parts of the turbines that sit above the tower and house the engine and other key turbine components. The company has invested $73 million in its Saginaw, Michigan facility to produce these wind turbine components for Northern Power Systems' new 2.2 megawatt utility-scale wind turbine. Merrill Technologies is also using $3 million awarded through the Michigan Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM) program to purchase equipment for manufacturing commercial-sized wind turbine systems. The CEAM program was funded under the Recovery Act through the Department of Energy's State Energy Program. According to the company, they have already saved or created 40 jobs and are expecting to add 125 workers in 2011 when production at the facility ramps up.