Chinese manufacturer expands U.S. wind installations

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., China’s second-largest wind-turbine maker, has indicated it’s picking up market share in the U.S. as other Chinese manufacturers are scaling back due to falling technology prices and ongoing debates between the solar industries in the U.S. and China.

On Jan. 20, Goldwind announced the acquisition of two 10 MW wind farms in Shawmut, Mont. from the U.S. unit of Germany’s Volkswind GmbH. The sale marks the company’s 14th deal in the Americas since it entered the market in June of 2010. Goldwind turbines are also operating in Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio and Iowa.

The company had turbines with capacity of 9 MW “substantially complete” in the U.S. at the end of December and 117 MW under construction, according to Bloomberg.

Wind turbine makers may install 9 GW of capacity in the U.S. this year before the Production Tax Credit ends compared with about 6.5 GW in 2011, according to New Energy Finance.

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