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Turbine trailer makes local stop

Company makes pitch on smaller scale structures

December 6, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A wind turbine provider brought their product to the people Wednesday in Marshalltown.

Renewable Energy SD, based in Minnesota, brought its display trailer to the Hampton Inn, which features turbine parts and photographs to enlighten potential customers.

These turbines are the smaller scale variety and typically are sold to individual landowners and farmers, schools and municipalities to produce their own electricity.

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Shawn Dooling, president of Renewable Energy SD, stands inside a trailer which features wind turbine parts parked at the Hampton Inn in Marshalltown Wednesday. The company promotes the sales of wind turbines for individual landowners. municipalities and schools.

"We have seen there is a huge opportunity with individual landowners," said Shawn Dooling, president of the company.

The structures cost between $100,000 and $300,000 and range from 10 kilowatt to 100 kilowatt. Dooling said with the tax credits in place, landowners can reach a return on investment in seven to eight years. It's also obvious with all the large-scale wind turbine projects in Iowa, that it is also a prime state for individuals to utilize wind energy.

"Iowa is a great market for what we do," Dooling said. "We think Iowa is one of the best markets in the United States."

Dooling said they typically make dozens of business contacts each stop, and people like that they can see the actual turbine parts up close.

"We walk somebody through exactly what they would see if they get one on their property," Dooling said.

This industry is not affected by the current wind energy tax credit debate in Congress, as the credit for these smaller turbines runs until the end of 2016, Dooling said.

The trailer is spending several days in Iowa as it was in Washington Tuesday and is in Decorah Thursday.



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