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Delegation from China dedicates Nevada wind turbines

NEVADA — A delegation from the Chinese company HZ Windpower helped dedicate two wind turbines it built during a ceremony Wednesday in a field southwest of Nevada.

The blades on the 260-foot towers were steadily rotating in a stiff breeze as more than a dozen representatives of the company, its U.S. division Goodwind Energy, and local officials looked on.

The towers, which hold turbine blades more than 305 feet wide, are the first built by the company in the United States, and Goodwind Energy President Jiayi Guo said he hopes to build upon the project and create more jobs in Iowa.

“We hope to begin with Iowa, and in the future, have more developments in the United States,” Guo said through a translator. “We (hope to) cooperate with Nevada to do more things in the future and provide more opportunity to give more people a job opportunity.”

Harold Prior, executive director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, said the project is a prime example of “why Iowa leads the nation as a magnet for this industry nationwide.

“To have HZ Windpower here commissioning what they have told me is their first two Chinese wind turbines in the United States is huge. It goes to reinforce that Iowa is a national leader in this industry.”

The turbines each have a 2-megawatt capacity, and Prior estimated the turbines can power about 400 homes a year.

He said there are almost 2,900 utility-scale turbines in Iowa with about 13 percent of what is generated being exported.

LaVon Schiltz, executive director of the Nevada Economic Development Council said, the city has 100 acres of land adjacent to the city’s industrial park along U.S. Highway 30 should HZ Windpower, a subsidiary of Chinese shipbuilding company CSIC, decide to build a manufacturing plant in the area.

“Today we are in such a world economy we welcome HZ to our community and think we can develop a very good partnership with them,” Schiltz said.