Illinois Becomes National Leader in Wind Turbine Installations in 2011

The American Wind Energy Association reports that Illinois is a national leader in wind turbine installations.

In 2011, Illinois topped the nation in the number of new wind turbines installed here — 404 — and ranked No. 2 behind California in the total amount of the turbines’ power capacity , according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association.

Winergy Drive Systems Corp. of Elgin, one of 28 companies in Illinois that manufacture components for the wind industry, has grown to more than 200 employees from seven when it started operating 11 years ago, CEO Terry Royer said.

Those 28 companies employ more than 1,000, the report said.

Eighty percent of Winergy’s growth has happened in the past four years, largely because of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, which provided $2.3 billion in tax credits for advanced energy manufacturing.

The tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour produced goes to wind energy developers.

The tax credit, along with more sophisticated technology, has boosted wind energy’s competitiveness in the marketplace, Royer said….

The Chicago area is home to at least 50 wind energy companies, according to environmental advocates.

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