The Spanish company of Ingeteam, based in Bilbao, made the announcement at WINDPOWER 2010, which ended in Dallas last week. With a global market share for wind power components that figure between 12% and 15%, the company will build a plant of 9290 meters square in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is expected to be active in January 2011 and having a production capacity of 7,500 megawatts per year.
At the factory, plus wind components and wind turbines of 1.5 MW and 5 MW will produce PV inverters, which range from 2.5 kW units for residential use up to 500 kilowatts for public service facilities.
According to the executive director of Ingeteam, Aitor Sotes, “the North American market represents a strategic opportunity due to expectations of growth in wind and solar power.”
Ingeteam currently has management offices in Mequon, Wisconsin and a sales office in Santa Clara, California, for photovoltaic inverters. “We chose Milwaukee for its proximity to distribution channels, the experience of its engineers and the work convincing local government officials,” said Sotes.