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04/21/2009 10:00 AM     print story email story  

Residential Wind Turbine Factory Opens in Michigan

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Mariah Power, a company that makes vertical axis residential wind turbines, announced the opening of its first high-volume manufacturing site in Manistee, Michigan.

The facility, opened in partnership with material handling specialists MasTech Manufacturing, will produce the Windspire® vertical axis wind turbine.

Manufacturing will take place in a retrofitted auto parts automation manufacturing facility and will employ former auto industry workers who have prior experience working with steel, building auto assembly lines and auto robotics.

The manufacturing site begins operations with 30 new employees and will produce 100 Windspire wind turbines per month with the number potentially growing to 1,000 Windspires a month.

The Windspire, the first product from Mariah Power, is a small-scale vertical axis wind turbine designed to power homes or businesses. Standing just 30 feet tall, Windspire features a plug ‘n produce™ design and connects directly to the power supply of the building, offsetting electricity use and reducing energy costs. Windspire produces about 2000 kWh of electricity annually in 12mph average winds, enough to power about 25% of the average U.S. home.

To mark the plant opening, a Windspire will be installed at  Governor Jennifer Granholm's residence in Lansing, Michigan.

MasTech MasTech Manufacturing was formed in 2004 as the manufacturing arm of Troy-based MasTech Inc. MasTech Manufacturing provides in house, engineering, fabrication, machining, assembly, testing, and installation of all types of equipment.

Based in Reno, Nevada, Mariah Power provides wind power appliances for use with residential, business, and commercial buildings. The company’s patented technology maximizes energy conversion from wind into electric power, regardless of changing wind speed and direction.

Website: http://www.mariahpower.com



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