UPDATE: Windspire by Mariah Power -- 2.2M in development and new jobs for Manistee Michigan? Part I

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ECO August challenge by Stephanie is local happenings....

This is one thing happening in Michigan you don't want to miss....

Have you seen the Mariah Windspire??? A VAWT!

mariah windspire

 

 

 

                 Isn't it beautiful???

                 What is it you may ask???

                 This is a new Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, known in the industry as a

                 VAWT.

                 What does this have to do with

                 "how green fits into the localism picture."

                 What about JOBS? What about New Home Sales because of new      

                                                         jobs?" Does that make sense?

 

                 Keep reading to find out more!!!

I attended the Manistee County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday August 19 and heard this news....

Manistee County is in the running to be the new home to manufacturing operations for Mariah Windpower. Resulting from a partnership formed between Mariah Power and MasTech Manufacturing Manistee County stands to gain 116 new jobs. Mariah Power offers a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT), the Windspire. The Windspire offers an affordable choice for renewable energy for homes and businesses. Mariah is expected to begin production with 100 units per month, quickly increasing to 300 – 400 per month over the next year. Within two years they expect to produce 1000 units per month for residential, business and government use.

Mariah Power demonstrated a working model of the Windspire at the 2008 Michigan Energy Fair at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in June. Visitors to the fair expressed considerable interest in the Windspire which is one explanation why Mariah Power currently has a backlog of orders for the Windspire.

Manistee county commission chairman Allan O’Shea was instrumental in the formation of the new partnership. Mr. O’Shea was one of the original founders and first president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In the best interest of his constituents Mr. O’Shea helped coordinate the key players in this venture after bringing the lead to the attention of the Alliance for Economic Success.

Renee Ihlenfeldt, executive director of the Alliance for Economic Success (AES) appeared at the Manistee County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday August 19, 2008 to ask the board for permission to file a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBC) that is being pursued through Manistee County. The purpose of the grant will be to provide funds to purchase equipment required to enable this business to begin manufacturing, marketing and selling vertical axis wind power systems in the US and abroad.

A Notice of Intent to release funds has been published and includes a notice of an Environmental Review Record which is on file and available for inspection in the County Controller/Administrator’s Office. The environmental review is required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Ms. Ihlenfeldt said the City of Manistee, Manistee County and the State of Michigan have been involved in coordinating efforts to make this venture possible and theu offer a three pronged approach to make the project feasible for the manufacturer. The projected costs to bring the Windspire production online are estimated at $2,246,000. The AES is also competing for a grant for the new partnership under the 21st Century Job Fund with the State of Michigan. The grant amount is determined by the number of committed new jobs.

Conservative projections are 41 new jobs in the first year, 27 new jobs in the second year and 48 jobs in the third year. Stipulated in the grant 51 percent of the jobs must go to individuals in the moderate to low income brackets.

Manistee County competes with a city in Ohio that is offering a $1.8 million interest free loan. Ihlenfelt said there has been a group effort in Michigan to secure the manufacturing operations in Manistee County.

During the Board of Commissioners Meeting Mr. O'Shea praised Ms. Ihlenfeldt and the AES for their quick response in forming a plan of action. Mr. O'Shea said, "this committee is committed to running with any lead this way. This shows the commitment of the county to promote any new business and jobs." Manistee county has developed a "Jobs for Manistee County" which is a countywide program offering incentives to new employers. You can download a copy of "Manistee County Means Business" here.

                                                                                                                                                                               This picture was taken from Franz's IGA in Onekama Michigan, in the heart of Manistee county. I had an AWESOME meatloaf lunch plate there following the Manistee County Commission meeting!!! What a beautiful view of Portage Lake! If you go to Onekama stop by and say hi to Lars and Dee! Tell them "Ma" sent you. You may get an extra scoop of potatoes...and then again, you may not!

 

UPDATE: In an unfortunate turn of events the Michigan Economic Development Corporation(MEDC) refused a loan to this partnership under the 21st Century Jobs Program. You can read the story printed in the Traverse City Record Eagle.

Allan O'Shea still has confidence efforts of local public and private parties will be able to seal the deal for Michigan. O'Shea is quoted in the TC Record Eagle,

 

"The question is, are we about fundamental change, or are we about superficial change?"

Franz's IGA Onekama Michigan

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OK guys. I had to push this back up to the top. I am surprised with the introduction of a new appliance like this I haven't received a single comment! LOL! Ma

Aug 26, 2008 06:05 PM #1
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Mary - Very interesting.  I have seen windfarms but never a wind spire.  One of my daughters who is a geographer and does gis mapping has a job interview this week with an alternative energy company who builds wind farms.  If she gets the position part of her job will be evaluationg the sites and deciding where the windmills shoud be located.

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TOTALLY interesting!!!!!!!! I am passing this post along to my Friends at Hickory Nut Forest ECO-Community. They are aiming for a net zero energy community and this could be of HUGE interest to them. THX!

Sep 02, 2008 07:54 PM #3
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Mary Bigelow
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Hi JaneAnne -

I love the goal Hickory Nut Forest ECO-Community has set! This is an achievable goal! How exciting it will be to watch it take shape!

Sep 02, 2008 11:52 PM #4
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Brian Keller
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I want one. I want one. I want one

how much do they cost and are ther any tax credits.

what is the life of a system

Oct 23, 2008 11:07 PM #5
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Mary Bigelow
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Hi Brian! I love your enthusiasm! I will be happy to get you some information. Tennesee likely has some great sites for this and other renewable technologies with forward thinking people who will implement them!

Thanks!

Oct 25, 2008 09:39 AM #6
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Mary Bigelow
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Hi Chadrock!

Would love to send you information. Check out our website or give me an email to respond to. These are making an impact!

Apr 28, 2009 06:01 AM #7
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Jo Ellen George

I would like to know how to get in touch with the company.  I also want to know the cost.

Jun 20, 2009 09:15 AM #8
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Mary Bigelow
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Thanks Steph for the reblog!

Email me for more information or www.windowswindandsolar.com

Michigan Energy Fair is June 26 - 28 if you are in the area! Stop in! Many good energy products to see!

Jun 20, 2009 06:08 PM #9
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Mary Bigelow
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Hi Kathie,

Yes, they are sweet. I was there for part of the 20/20 filming. Yes. There are 30% tax credits. This is a true winner. Drop me an email for more info....

Jun 20, 2009 08:19 PM #10
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Mary Bigelow
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Sounds Great CAGREEN Team! Where are you located?

Jun 29, 2009 04:18 PM #11
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Laura Marshall

I'm just curious, is Mariah Power owned by Scandia Wind, LLC? I've been doing some reading on Scandia Wind because of their proposed off-shore wind farm in Lake Michigan. Thanks for any info.

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Hi Laura,

No. Mariah Power is a US Corporation.

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