Wind turbine startup reaches agreement with Sheboygan metal fabricator

Red Arrow Wind Energy Systems, a Hubertus-based startup wind turbine company, recently signed a three-year agreement with Sheboygan-based Wessing Weld & Fabrication Co. Over the next three years, Wessing will fabricate about 100 wind turbines for Red Arrow, said David Felder, president and designer with the firm.

Production is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2010, and the systems are in their final design and testing phases, Felder said.

“Our customers are waiting for the completion of additional testing. Our prototype has been through the revisions and based on the test results, modifications are being made,” he said. “We’re getting very close to having the design plans finished for production.”

Red Arrow’s wind turbine is designed for the top end of the small scale – the units are designed for individual properties on a farm or rural setting, Felder said.

“Small wind (is) more of an individually owned (market), these are not for a wind farm,” he said. “100 kilowatt is considered the top end of that range. These are designed for a farm or rural location that can accommodate a 120- to 150-foot tower.”

The three-year contract with Red Arrow is valued at about $2.5 million. Although the company is not yet able to sell its wind turbines, there are customers who are waiting for them, Felder said.

“Our projected quantity, projecting for three years, is 100 units,” he said. “That is based on orders and customers that are already waiting in the wings and industry reports from the American wind industry about what the expectation of what growth should be.”

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