Wind energy is an important factor in creating much more than power—it can create jobs. This is why we’re proud to work with several wind power construction contractors in the United States. Just as jobs and money don’t grow on trees, wind farms don’t grow on their own. Quality rough terrain and crawler cranes are needed in order to properly handle the load of wind turbines. Even before they’re erected, a lay down yard is needed for contractors to safely store the wind turbine components and our Mantis crawler hydraulic cranes provide the strength and stability to unload and load them properly. Our equipment is integral to the continued safety and reliability standards required in the construction of wind turbines and we take it very seriously.
Rough Terrain Cranes and Wind Turbines
The land on which wind farms are installed is often former farmland, where winds are less likely to be blocked by trees and structures. This means that rough terrain is often a big factor in placing the turbines. Furthermore, the operational and structural components of wind turbines weigh tens of thousands of pounds. That kind of weight requires reliable equipment to support, move, and place. On top of the weight requirements, extension is just as necessary, of course. When choosing a boom crawler crane for the task, it’s important to pay attention to their wind rating, as permissible wind speed may vary, depending on location.
The Importance of Emergency Maintenance
It’s certainly not unheard of that a machine encounters an issue and has a problem bigger than the crew on-site is able to fix. Having a service department ready and willing to jump into action is imperative, yet hard-to-find. A centralized location in the Midwest has served us and our customers throughout the U.S. and Canada well, because it allows us to offer a quick reaction time.
Wind Energy Jobs
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Program concluded that wind could easily be a viable source of renewable energy in each of the fifty states by the year 2050. This means communities in which wind energy is produced can collect more tax revenue, thanks to property taxes and land lease payments. More jobs could follow as well. In fact, the potential to support more than 600,000 manufacturing, maintenance, installation, and supporting jobs in wind energy is estimated.
We’re ready to discuss how we can help you complete your next wind job, so learn more about our wind division and feel free to contact us today.