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2016

Halus provides consulting services for remote South American project.

Chile Chico, Chile January 29, 2016 - UK-based Rame Ltd has selected Halus to provide consulting services for a remote project it is developing in Southern Chile.  The 1.8 MW microgrid project is located in the Patagonia region of Chile and will help offset diesel fuel for a mining operation.  Halus provided wind turbine-specific field consulting for Rame and its local general contractor for installation of the turbines.

Louis Rigaud of Halus recognized as Business Person of the Year.

San Leandro, California January 28, 2016 - San Leandro Chamber of Commerce names Halus Power Systems General Manager, Louis Rigaud, as Business Person of the Year.  Related recognitions included a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the Honorable Barbara Lee, Congresswoman of the 13th Congressional District of California; a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature’s 18th District Assemblymember Rob Bonta; and a Commendation from Alameda County Third District Supervisor, Wilma Chan.


2015

New Hero Data Logger available for purchase.

San Leandro, CA November 23, 2015 - Our new Hero Data Logger offers significant savings for small- and medium-sized wind projects, where the conventional 15-plus channel data loggers would be a costly, overkill solution.  Wind farm developers commonly use turbines in the two to three megawatt range and require very tall meteorological (met) with many levels of sensors.  Up until now, small- or medium-sized projects had to either use these expensive loggers and get more data than they actually needed, or use basic weather station type loggers that are not specifically designed to interface with the industry-standard sensors and don't collect the appropriate data for a comprehensive wind assessment.  Finally…a data logger specifically designed for small- and medium-sized wind projects, and not a multi-megawatt wind farm!

In 2014, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) issued a Request for Proposal for an affordable wind data logger tailored to remote, small and medium Alaskan village wind projects.  Some of the requirements were that the data logger would allow direct connection of industry-standard wind sensors (without extra interfaces required); would provide specific parameters to develop a thorough wind resource assessment; and would be affordable for small- and medium-sized projects.

Halus Power Systems was awarded the contract to design and build the logger to the rigorous AEA requirements.  The original Hero Data Logger was designed for the demanding environment of remote communities in the state of Alaska, and the current Hero Data Logger continues to improve upon its original robust, reliable, and rugged design.

The Hero Data Logger is a four-channel data logger, designed specifically for wind resource assessment for small- to medium-sized projects, such as distributed generation, micro grid, and community wind projects.  The included sensor interface allows direct connection of up to three industry-standard AC signal anemometers, such as the popular #40C anemometer, and one 360 degrees potentiometer wind vane, such as the #200P direction vane.  The logger takes readings from the wind sensors and the internal temperature sensor, and logs the data conveniently onto an SD card at one-minute intervals. The logger is enclosed in a weatherproof enclosure, and runs on readily-available D batteries for up to a year.  More information about the Hero Data Logger and the Technical Specification can be found here.  The Hero Data Logger is available for purchase here.

Local high school students tour the Halus facility for San Leandro Manufacturing Day.

San Leandro, California November 5, 2015 - Halus joined other local businesses and hosted local high school bus tours for San Leandro Manufacturing Day.  The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, City of San Leandro, San Leandro Unified School District and Pilot City have designed a collaborative career pathway initiative to prepare the next generation workforce to explore careers in advanced manufacturing and high-growth industries.

Halus selected to supply 225 kW turbine to adhesive manufacturer in North Chicago.

North Chicago, Illinois September 16, 2015 - HMT Manufacturing in North Chicago has selected Halus Power Systems to supply a 225kW wind turbine to increase its energy independence.  The addition of the wind turbine will supplement the company’s two-year-old roof-mounted solar power system.  HMT is a hot melt adhesive film and panel laminating equipment manufacturer.  The company’s forward thinking President Burton Bucher wanted his business to be energy independent and do so using clean energy.

Halus selected by Alaska Energy Authority to design new data logger.

San Leandro, California April 20, 2015 - In 2014, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) issued a Request for Proposal for an affordable wind data logger tailored to remote, small and medium Alaskan village wind projects.  Some of the requirements were that the data logger would allow direct connection of industry-standard wind sensors (without extra interfaces required); would provide specific parameters to develop a thorough wind resource assessment; and would be affordable for small- and medium-sized projects. Due to the difficulty of the task of providing both an affordable logger but also one that met wind industry logging standards, no award was granted to the original RFP request in 2014.

In 2015, the AEA released the RFP a second time, and received responses from Vaisala (formerly Second Wind), Campbell Scientific, and Halus Power Systems.  The AEA determined that the Halus submittal was the overall best proposal to meet their rigorous requirements.  Halus will deliver the new data logger on or before July 31st, 2015.


2014

Halus ships remanufactured 225 kW turbine to largest ice manufacturer in Europe.

Liverpool, United Kingdom November 6, 2014 - Halus shipped a remanufactured 225 kW turbine to The Ice Co, the largest ice manufacturer in Europe. The turbine will be installed in the UK and will offset the energy used by their ice manufacturing facility.  The turbine is equipped with a remote monitoring and control system.

Halus delivers remanufactured 600 kW turbine to the 180th Fighter Wing facility.

Swanton, Ohio September 24, 2014 - Halus delivered a remanufactured 600 kW turbine to the National Guard 180th Fighter Wing facility in Swanton, Ohio.  The turbine will be installed at the nearby Camp Perry Air National Guard Station.  The energy generated by the turbine is anticipated to offset over 70 percent of the energy used by the base. The turbine will be equipped with a remote monitoring and control system and a customized cold weather heating package for monitoring and control of temperatures of the turbine components.

Halus commissions 225 kW turbine test bench at Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College.

Moorefield, West Virginia April 26, 2014 - Halus supplied and provided commissioning and training for a 225 kW turbine test bench to Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College.  The test bench included the turbine nacelle, hub and controller.  Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certification in wind turbine technology.  The test bench will allow students in the college’s Wind Energy Turbine Technology (WETT) to gain hands-on experience with wind turbines.

Halus awarded wind turbine design-build contract for city of Seadrift, Texas.

Seadrift, Texas January 7, 2014 – The city of Seadrift, Texas has selected Halus Power Systems for design, build, and supply of a remanufactured 100 kW wind turbine for their Water Treatment Plant.  The contract includes project-related work such as electrical, foundation, and installation.  The project is being funded through a grant under the 2012 Renewable Energy Demonstration Pilot Program (REDPP).  This will be the second turbine to be installed on the Water Treatment Plant property; the first turbine was installed at the end of 2011.  The turbine will be interconnected with the local utility company, American Electric Power (AEP).  The turbine will be equipped with a remote monitoring and control system.


2013

Halus ships 75 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Scotland.

Berwickshire, Scotland September 6, 2013 – Halus Power Systems shipped a remanufactured 75 kW wind turbine to Woodend Farm in Berwickshire, Scotland.  The turbine is equipped with a remote monitoring and control system.  The turbine is just one of many modifications that farmer John Seed of Woodend Farm has implemented in order to make his farming operation as close to carbon neutral as possible.  The farm also has a 50 kW ground-mounted solar array, and a 950 kW straw biomass boiler, which is used to heat the grain dryer, farmhouse, cottages and a free-range hen facility.

Halus shipped 225 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Ireland.

Belfast, Ireland May 31, 2013 – Halus Power Systems ships a remanufactured Vestas 225 kW wind turbine to UK dealer, Wind Pioneer.  The turbine features modifications to allow it to perform better in low-wind conditions.  The turbine is equipped with a remote monitoring and control system.

Halus selected to supply one 600 kW remanufactured wind turbine for National Guard site.

Camp Perry, Ohio January 15, 2013 – Halus Power Systems has been selected to supply a 600 kW remanufactured wind turbine to be installed at the Camp Perry Air National Guard Station.  The energy generated by the turbine is anticipated to offset over 70 percent of the energy used by the base.  The turbine will be equipped with a remote monitoring and control system and a customized cold weather heating package for monitoring and control of temperatures of the turbine components.

2012

Halus ships three 225 kW turbine nacelles to Texas Tech University for Sandia National Labs and Vestas Technology R&D.

Lubbock, TX November 16, 2012 – Halus shipped three remanufactured Vestas 225 kW turbine nacelles to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, as part of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWIFT).  The turbines were remanufactured by Halus and extensively modified by Sandia National Labs and Vestas Technology R&D to study the effects of turbine-to-turbine interactions and innovative rotor technologies.  The three sets of turbine blades were shipped in August 2012 from the Halus facility to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to undergo testing.  The three turbine towers will be shipping to the Texas site in December 2012.  Two of the three turbines are being funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through Sandia.  The third turbine is being funded by Vestas Technology R&D.  This research project is expected to be installed in early 2013.

Halus shipped one remanufactured V17 turbine to Granot Loma estate in Marquette, MI.

Marquette, Michigan November 9, 2012 – Halus shipped one remanufactured Vestas V17 90 kW turbine to the Granot Loma estate in Marquette, Michigan.  Granot Loma is a 5,000 acre estate with a 26,000 sq ft historic lodge, located on the shores of Lake Superior.  The lodge was originally built in 1924 by Louis Graveraet Kaufman and was purchased by Tom Baldwin in 1987 and subsequently, renovated.  The lodge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.  The turbine features a cold weather heating system, a relay protection system and a new controller with network connectivity.

Halus shipped one remanufactured V17 turbine to luxury survival facility developer.

Concordia, KS September 24, 2012 – Halus shipped one remanufactured Vestas V17 turbine to a long-term luxury survival facility near Concordia, Kansas.  The turbine will provide power to the facility, which is currently being constructed inside a former Atlas missile silo.  The inner infrastructure of the missile silo has been removed, and is being replaced with luxury residential condominiums and other amenities to provide extended living during natural disasters and other catastrophic events.  The development is 15 stories and descends to an underground depth of approximately 200 feet.  The turbine will feature a cold weather heating system and a new controller with network connectivity.

Halus ships one V20 turbine to village of Northport, MI.

Northport, MI September 13, 2012 – Halus shipped one remanufactured Vestas V20 turbine to the village of Northport, Michigan for Leelanau Community Energy LLC.  The turbine will supply energy to the village’s sewage treatment plant.  The turbine features a cold weather heating system, a relay protection system and a new controller with network connectivity.

Halus shipped one remanufactured V17 turbine to Cambridge, UK.

Cambridge, United Kingdom July 5, 2012 – Halus shipped one remanufactured Vestas V17 90 kW turbine to Cambridge Outdoor Living, a store specializing in outdoor products for the home.  The facility is location in Cambridge, England.  The turbine features a new controller with network connectivity.


2011

Halus selected to supply 225 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Cascade Community Wind.

Bellingham, Washington November 12, 2011 – Washington state developer, Cascade Community Wind, has selected Halus Power Systems to supply a remanufactured 225 kW wind turbine for a project in Kittitas County.  The turbine will be interconnected with the local utility company, Puget Sound Energy.  The turbine will be equipped with a remote monitoring and control system and a customized cold weather heating package for monitoring and control of temperatures of the turbine components.

Halus ships 65 kW nacelle test unit, tower and blades to Amarillo College.

Dumas, Texas October 13, 2011 – Halus Power Systems shipped a 65 kW nacelle test bench to Amarillo College in Dumas, Texas.  The shipment also included an 80-ft turbine tower and a set of turbine blades.  The components will be used in Amarillo College’s Wind Energy training programs. The college’s program includes a Wind Technician Certificate and an Associates Degree in Renewable Energy/Wind Technology.  The nacelle test bench, tower and blades will allow students to gain hands-on experience with the operations of a wind turbine.

Halus ships 225 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland, Ohio August 29, 2011 – Halus ships a remanufactured 225 kW wind turbine to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. The turbine will be installed on the University property by Ohio-based contractor, Azure LLC.  The turbine features a remote monitoring and control system.

Halus selected for design, build, and supply of a 500 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

Berea, Ohio August 8th, 2011 – Cuyahoga County has selected Halus Power Systems to design, build, and supply one remanufactured 500 kW wind turbine to be installed at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  The turbine will be connected to the local utility company First Energy with electricity production from the turbine offsetting a large portion of the electricity used by the Fairgrounds.  The project received funding from both the State of Ohio and the Department of Energy.  In addition to the turbine, an interactive renewable energy learning center will also be built to allow visitors to learn about the wind turbine.  Halus will also supply the small turbine demonstration unit housed inside the learning center.

Halus ships 100 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Edgewood, New Mexico.

Edgewood, New Mexico July 6, 2011 – Halus ships a remanufactured 100 kW wind turbine to the Town of Edgewood, NM.  The turbine will be installed on the site of the town’s wastewater treatment plant and net-metered to offset the high electrical use of the treatment plant.  The turbine features some custom options designed and built by Halus that were not part of the original equipment such as a relay protection system designed by Halus to meet the requirements of the utility interconnection, a cold weather heating package for monitoring and control of temperatures with network connectivity and a web-enabled remote monitoring and control system for all turbine functions.

Halus ships 100 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Taylor, Arizona.

Taylor, Arizona May 3rd, 2011 – Halus ships a remanufactured 100 kW wind turbine to Alma Saline, a corn producer in Taylor, AZ.  The turbine will be installed on the Saline property and interconnect with the local utility.  The turbine will be net-metered to offset energy use of the corn farm.  A main use for the wind turbine power will be to offset electricity used by irrigation pumps.

Halus selected to supply 90 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Iowa developer, CB Wind.

Ankeny, Iowa April 10th, 2011 – Iowa wind turbine installer and project developer CB Wind Systems has selected Halus Power Systems to supply a remanufactured 90 kW wind turbine for a project in Sioux Center, IA.  The turbine will be used to supplement electricity otherwise purchased from the local utility for use by the agricultural property owner’s cattle operations.

Halus ships 100 kW remanufactured wind turbine to project in Thorp, WA.

Thorp, Washington March 14, 2011 – Halus ships a remanufactured 100 kW wind turbine to Pacific Northwest developer, Cascade Community Wind.  The turbine will be used for a wind project located in Thorp, WA and interconnected with the local utility company, Puget Sound Energy.  The turbine is one of several Halus units that the developer has acquired for their project sites.

2010

Halus selected to supply 100 kW remanufactured wind turbine to Cascade Community Wind.

Bellingham, Washington October 20, 2010 – Pacific Northwest developer Cascade Community Wind has selected Halus Power Systems to supply a remanufactured 100 kW wind turbine for a project in Kittitas County.  The turbine will be interconnected with the local utility company, Puget Sound Energy.  The turbine will be equipped with a Halus cold weather heating package for monitoring and control of temperatures with network connectivity and a web-enabled remote monitoring and control system.

Halus selected to provide 108 kW nacelle test bench to Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.

Clarendon, TX July 23, 2010 – Clarendon College selected Halus Power Systems to provide a 108 kW nacelle for wind turbine training use.  The nacelle test bench will be used for the college’s Associate of Applied Science in Wind Energy program.  The test bench unit will enhance their program by allowing students to gain hands-on experience with the operations of a wind turbine.

Halus selected to supply two 90 kW remanufactured wind turbines to Galtere Alternative Energy Center in Preston, Minnesota.

Preston, Minnesota July 20, 2010 - Halus Power Systems has been selected to supply two remanufactured 90 kW wind turbines to the Galtere Alternative Energy Center in Preston, Minnesota.  The turbines will be interconnected with the local utility company grid.

Halus selected to provide 225 kW nacelle test bench to Columbia Gorge Community College in the Dalles, Oregon.

The Dalles, OR July 6, 2010 – Hood River Community College has selected Halus Power Systems to provide a 225 kW nacelle test bench for the college’s Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program.  The test bench unit will enhance their program by allowing students to gain hands-on experience with the operations of a pitch regulated wind turbine.  The nacelle will be mounted indoors on a stand and have functioning pitch, hydraulic, yaw and other systems.

Halus ships 225 kW unit to Redstone College in Denver, Colorado.

Denver, CO May 26th, 2010 - Halus Power Systems shipped a 225 kW Vestas nacelle and tower to Redstone College in Denver, Colorado.  Redstone offers training programs in Airframe and Powerplant, Avionics, HVAC, and Construction Management.  They recently added a Wind Energy Technology Program to their offerings, and the nacelle test bench will be the centerpiece of the College’s new wind technician training program, allowing students to gain hands-on experience with the operations of a wind turbine.  The nacelle will be mounted indoors on a stand and have functioning pitch, hydraulic, yaw and other systems.  The tower will be mounted outside on a foundation allowing for tower climbing and safety training.

Halus ships 90 kW remanufactured wind turbine to private business in Red Lion, PA.

Red Lion, Pennsylvania March 30th, 2010 - Halus Power Systems ships a remanufactured 90 kW wind turbine to a private business in Red Lion, PA.  The turbine will be installed by Airevolution Wind & Solar, a renewable energy installer and dealer based out of Lancaster, PA.  The turbine was purchased by and for use on the private property of William Fey in Red Lion, PA.

Halus ships 108 kW nacelle test bench to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

Levelland, TX February 17, 2010 - Halus Power Systems shipped a 108 kW nacelle test bench to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.  The nacelle test bench will be used for the college’s wind turbine technician training program, to allow students to gain hands-on experience with the operations of a wind turbine.

2009

Halus de-commissions Vestas V27 in Adair, Iowa for remanufacture and installation in Alaska site.

Adair, Iowa November 20, 2009 - Halus is decommissioning and remanufacturing a historic Vestas V27 225 kW wind turbine at Schafer Systems in Adair, Iowa.  When the turbine was originally installed, it was the first USA Vestas turbine shipped outside of California.  The turbine was purchased by Anchorage-based utility, TDX Power, and will be remanufactured at the Halus facility in Hayward, California, then installed at a TDX Power site in Alaska.

Halus supplies 200 kW to Sara Lee livestock supplier in Iowa.

Aurelia, Iowa November 17, 2009 - Halus Power Systems ships two remanufactured 100 kW turbines to Winterhof Farms, a commercial livestock operations in Aurelia, Iowa.  The turbines will be interconnected with the Winterhof Farm's local utility company and will offset most of the energy used in their turkey operations.  Russ and Beth Winterhof, the owners of the operation, have been supplying nearby Storm Lake, IA Sara Lee processing facility with turkeys for many years.  Their recently expanded operation raises more than 100,000 birds at once.  The main energy requirement for the operation is the heating and cooling of the large livestock buildings, spanning several acres.  The turbines will offset most of the energy use of the buildings and make this the first Iowa Turkey Federation facility to be powered with on-site wind turbines.

Halus supplies a remanufactured 500 kW wind turbine to Other World Computing.

Woodstock, Illinois September 25, 2009 - Halus Power Systems ships a remanufactured 500 kW wind turbine to Other World Computing (OWC), a Woodstock, IL computer parts supplier specializing in Apple products.  The turbine will be interconnected with Com-Ed utility company and will provide a large portion of OWC's electrical power needs.  The turbine features a relay protection system designed by Halus to meet the requirements of Com-Ed interconnection.  Additionally, the turbine features a customized cold weather heating package for web-enabled monitoring and control of temperatures.  The turbine will also feature a remote monitoring and control system.  Halus Power Systems and OWC jointly developed and managed the project including obtaining all permits (McHenry County, Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corp of Engineers, Commonwealth Edison), foundation and electrical infrastructure construction management, logistics, and erection.

Marsh Creek Energy Systems has selected Halus to provide two remanufactured 90 kW wind turbines with custom tilt-up tower systems.

Kokhanok, Alaska September 23, 2009 - Marsh Creek Energy Systems has selected Halus Power Systems to supply two remanufactured 90 kW wind turbines for a hybrid wind-diesel installation in the remote community of Kokhanok, Alaska.  The turbines will feature cold weather heating packages and web-enabled remote monitoring of the controllers.  Due to the remote location of the site, Halus will design and build a tilt-up tower system to allow installation without the use of cranes.  Halus designed and built the first Vestas turbine tilt-up system several years ago, so that crane-less erections for remote areas would be possible using remanufactured Vestas turbines.

Anchorage utility TDX Power selects Halus to supply six remanufactured 225 kW wind turbines for the US Air Force.

Anchorage, Alaska August 30, 2009 - TDX Power has been awarded the follow-on contract to the Tin City Long Range Radar Site (LRRS) Wind Diesel Project.  For this US Air Force (USAF) project Halus will supply six additional units of remanufactured 225 kW wind turbines to various coastal USAF sites throughout Alaska.  The six wind turbines will feature customized cold weather heating packages for the harsh Alaska climate, and remote monitoring and control of the turbine controllers.  Anchorage-based utility TDX Power has been installing Halus-supplied wind turbines in towns and villages throughout Alaska for many years.

2008

Vero Beach-based wind project developer Green Power Electric selects Halus to supply wind turbine for project in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Vero Beach, Florida October 30, 2008 - Green Power Electric, a wind project developer in Vero Beach, FL has selected Halus Power Systems to supply one 90 kW wind turbine for a wind project currently under development in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New York equestrian facility to double existing wind generation using turbine supplied by Halus.

Pawling, New York September 18, 2008 - Equestrian facility COGI Farm will add a second wind turbine to its existing single turbine and double its installed capacity from 120 kW to 240 kW.  The first turbine, also supplied by Halus Power Systems, went online about two years ago.  At that time, the New York state net-metering laws limited wind turbines for agricultural use to 125 kW.  The state's net-metering laws recently increased allowable installed capacity to 300 kW, which allows COGI Farm to expand its wind production and offset a larger portion of their electricity consumption.

Vero Beach-based wind project developer Green Power Electric selects Halus to supply multiple wind turbines for various projects under development.

Vero Beach, Florida August 25, 2008 - Green Power Electric, a wind project developer in Vero Beach, FL has purchased two 90 kW wind turbines from Halus Power Systems for wind projects the firm has under development in Hawaii.  Halus is currently remanufacturing the units ordered for Spring 2009 ship dates.

Delaware fuel cell component manufacturer Ion Power Inc. to use Halus wind turbine for on-site electricity generation.

New Castle, Delaware August 13, 2008 - Ion Power Inc will install a remanufactured 90 kW wind turbine supplied by Halus Power Systems to meet a large portion of their electricity need. Ion Power, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) for fuel cell and water electrolyzer applications.  Local installer Wanex Electrical will install the turbine and related infrastructure.  The project is partially funded by the Delaware Energy Office Green Energy Program and is the largest wind project the program has funded to date.

Halus ships remanufactured wind turbine to the Philippines.

Hayward, CA June 23, 2008 - Halus Power Systems ships remanufactured Vestas 90 kW wind turbine to the Philippines.  Halus was selected to supply the unit by California-based Filipino-American developer Larry Asera, principal of Asera LLC.

Halus to supply remanufactured wind turbine to Pearl Road Auto.

Cleveland, OH June 11, 2008 - Pearl Road Auto Parts President Jon Kaplan has selected Halus Power Systems to supply a 120 kW Vestas remanufactured wind turbine to generate power used by the multi-acre auto parts wrecking and salvage yard.  The wind turbine will be grid-connected to First Energy Corporation power lines that currently serve the property and should offset approximately 80% of the electricity consumed by the business. The Ohio Department of Development will provide approximately 50% of the funding for the project.

Halus supplies remanufactured wind turbine with customized heating package for use at US Air Force base.

Tin City, AK April 30, 2008 - Halus supplied and shipped a highly customized remanufactured Vestas V27 225kW wind turbine for use by the United States Air Force Tin City Long-Range Radar Site (LRRS) under contract with TDX Power, an Alaska utility.  Tin City experiences extremely cold temperatures throughout the year, and a high frequency of snow and rime ice conditions.  Due to the extreme conditions at the site, Halus designed and installed an extensive heating package which is likely one of the most customized aftermarket packages provided for a Vestas wind turbine.  The customizations include individually controlled web-enabled heating for major turbine components including blades, transmission, hydraulic system, generator, sensors, nacelle interior, tower, and controllers. Individual heaters can be monitored, controlled, and adjusted remotely using an internet browser.  The turbine customizations also include automatic and web-enabled outside air vents, 2-way audio, and video surveillance.

2007

Halus Power Systems to supply remanufactured wind turbine to Yakama Power.

Yakama, Washington December 5, 2007 - The central Washington utility has selected Halus Power Systems to supply it with a 90 kW remanufactured wind turbine for use at the utility's headquarters in Yakama, Washington.  The 90 kW Vestas unit will produce electricity roughly equivalent to that used by 20 average US households.  It will ship from the Halus facility in early February 2008 and will be installed by Yakama Power later in the year.

Halus moves Vestas V27 from nuclear plant to Sustainable Energy Education Museum.

Sublette, Illinois September 13, 2007 - Halus Power Systems was contracted by Sustainable Energy Foundation (SEF) to dismantle and move a Vestas V27 wind turbine from it's existing location at a Commonwealth Edison nuclear power station in Zion, Il.  The power station was retired in February 1998, and the station's single wind turbine was donated by the large utility to the SEF for use at their proposed Sustainable Energy Education Museum in Sublette, Il.  The 225 kW Vestas unit will be used to offset power used by the sustainable energy museum/discovery center and will also provide visitors with a working example of best-of-breed wind energy technology from the 1990's.

Halus exhibits at Think Green World Music Festival in Napa, California.

Napa, California September 8, 2007 - Halus Power Systems was an exhibitor at the recent Think Green World Music Festival in Napa, California.  The festival's theme was to promote environmental awareness and was a zero waste event (even items such as forks and plates from food vendors were compostable).

Halus General Director to speak at AWEA WINDPOWER 2007 conference.

April 2, 2007 - Halus General Director Louis Rigaud will be a speaker at the upcoming AWEA WINDPOWER 2007 Conference & Exhibition.  This event is the world's largest wind energy conference and exhibition held annually; about 6,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors are expected.  The presentation will describe remanufactured turbines and projects where they can be successfully used.  More information about the conference can be viewed at the American Wind Energy Association website here.

Halus ships 90 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine to project site in Neosho, WI.

Neosho, WI March 17, 2007 - Alt Bauer Energy selected Halus to supply a 90 kW remanufactured wind turbine for a site in Neosho, Wisconsin.  The turbine will be used to produce power for sale to local utility.  Federal funding for the project was provided by the USDA and state funding was provided by Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program.  Turbine shipped March 17th and is expected to be started in May.

Halus ships wind turbine to windsurfing resort in Rio Vista, CA.

Rio Vista, CA February 7, 2007 - Halus shipped a remanufactured wind turbine to Rio Viento Windsurfing Resort on Sherman Island.  Located approximately 50 miles east of San Francisco, the resort is a popular Bay Area wind surfing destination.  The turbine will be used in a net metering application and will be grid-connected to the property's existing PG&E service.  Production from the turbine will offset most of the electricity used on the site.  The turbine will be erected after the foundation work is completed, with an expected commission date in June 2007.

2006

Halus to supply 1 MW for Alaska wind project.

Sandpoint, AK November 16, 2006 - Halus to supply 1 MW for Alaska wind project.  Two remanufactured Vestas 500 kW wind turbines will be used for the Sand Point project administered by Alaska utility TDX Power.  This is the largest project to date to employ the use of remanufactured wind turbines.

Halus selected to supply 65 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine with custom tilt-up tower.

Nikolski, AK October 5, 2006 - Halus was selected to supply one 65 kW wind turbine with custom tilt-up tower for the Alaskan energy generation and services provider TDX Power for use in the city of Nikolski.  Due to the difficulty and cost of transporting a crane to the site for erecting the wind turbine, the turbine will be tilted up with a custom tower designed and built by Halus.

Halus supplies 450 kW of remanufactured Vestas wind turbines for Alaska's largest wind project.

St. Paul Island, AK September 25, 2006 - Halus Power Systems was selected to supply remanufactured wind turbines for Alaska energy generation and services provider TDX Power.  The two units of remanufactured Vestas V27 225 kW wind turbines were added to the utilities' existing single unit Vestas V27 225 kW wind installation on St.Paul Island, which had been in operation about 8 years, increasing capacity of the site to 675 kW.  This is the largest wind installation in Alaska.  Turbines will be used to supply power for the islands' community of approx. 600 residents. Turbines were commissioned September 25th.

Halus supplies 120 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine for a sport horse facility in Pawling, New York.

Pawling, NY August 3, 2006 - Halus supplies 120 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine for a sport horse facility in Pawling, New York.  The turbine is grid-connected and net-metered to the local NYSEG (New York State Electric & Gas Corporation) utility grid.  The turbine was started August 3rd.

Halus to supply 3 kW photovoltaic system to San Jose family.

San Jose, CA July 25, 2006 - Halus Power Systems to supply homeowner Brendan Lewis with a 3 kW photovoltaic system for his residence in downtown San Jose.  The system will produce enough electricity for the home's electrical loads and feed excess electricity back into the grid.  The system will use (18) Sharp 167W solar modules covering one South-facing surface of the home's roof, giving Lewis optimal electricity production throughout the year.  The system will also include one Fronius IG 3000 inverter.

Halus supplies 4.5 kW photovoltaic system to San Jose family.

San Jose, CA June 30, 2006 - Homeowner Richard Brown was granted Permission to Operate his new 4.5 kW solar electric system by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Halus Power Systems supplied the system, which produces enough electricity for the home's electrical loads and feeds excess electricity back into the grid.  The system uses (27) Sharp 167W solar modules covering one South-facing surface of the home's roof, giving the homeowner optimal electricity production throughout the year.  The system also includes one Fronius IG 4000 inverter.

Halus supplies 4.8 kW photovoltaic system to Los Gatos family.

Los Gatos, CA June 30, 2006 - Homeowners Brad and Kristina Strand were granted Permission to Operate their new 4.8 kW solar electric system by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Halus Power Systems supplied the system, which produces enough electricity for the home's electrical loads and feeds excess electricity back into the grid.  The system uses (24) Sanyo 200W solar modules covering two South-facing surfaces of the home's roof, giving them optimal electricity production throughout the year.  The system also includes one Fronius IG 5100 inverter.

Halus ships 90 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine to college near Milwaukee, WI.

Milwaukee, WI February 9, 2006 – Halus ships 90 kW remanufactured Vestas wind turbine on 40 meter tower for wind project at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mequon Campus, WI.  Wind turbine was purchased and will be installed by one of Wisconsin's leading renewable energy advocates, David Blecker of Seventh Generation Energy Systems.

2005

Halus Power Systems supplies 19.2 kW solar electric system in Portola Valley, CA.

Portola Valley, CA, Oct. 4, 2005 - Town of Portola Valley final inspection was completed for the McClintock residence solar electric system today.  The family of four can now produce their own electricity using an array of solar modules in a “ground-mount” system located on their property.  A new utility meter will keep track of the electricity that their system produces versus what the family consumes in a process called net metering, a service offered to any public utility customer in the state of California.

The system uses 120 Sharp solar modules mounted on a galvanized steel frame located on a favorably angled south-facing hillside near the house.  Ground mounted systems offer another option to customers who have land with good solar exposure who may not want or be able to mount the panels on their roof.  The large scale of this installation and unique home structure did not lend itself well to a roof system.  The system utilizes 3 Sunny Boy inverters made by SMA, a leading solar inverter manufacturer.

Since the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program began in 1998, about 20,000 systems have been funded and installed; at 19.2kW installed capacity, this system is in the top 2% by size.  The property has a large electric load due to multiple HVAC units, a swimming pool, pool house, guest house, pond, and large main residence.  Their new solar electric system will significantly reduce if not completely eliminate the family’s power bill.  If they should produce more power than they consume in any billing period, the extra electricity is then credited to their account with PGE and can be used to offset future loads.

The CEC has scheduled the rebate level to decrease every 6 months (or until funding is exhausted or cancelled).  Property owners pay a lower out-of-pocket cost if they install a PV system before one of the scheduled rebate reductions, which occur July 1 and January 1 of each year.

System resellers and designers such as Halus typically perform all aspects of the installation including required paperwork, system sizing, and installation.  Since the PV panels contain no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free.  Unlike most other types of consumer electronics, Sharp and other major PV manufacturers generally provide a warranty of about 25 years and an estimated design life of about 40 years.

Hog Farm Cuts Costs, Offsets Resource Consumption with 240 kW wind project supplied by Halus.

Plains, KS, August 29, 2005- Two remanufactured 120 kW wind turbines were commissioned today by Halus Power Systems.  The turbines were installed at Kansas-Smith Farms and will provide a portion of the energy used by the large commercial hog feeding operation.

The turbines were originally manufactured by the Vestas, and were remanufactured by Halus Power Systems in 2005.  The turbines have a blade diameter of approximately 66 feet and are mounted on tubular towers, with an 80 foot hub height. Each has an installed capacity of 120kW.  With a 240 kW total installed capacity, this is one of the largest remanufactured wind turbine projects to be developed in North America to date.

Another unique feature of these turbines is a new web-enabled SCADA system that allows the user to view production data and, with proper authorization, control many functions on the turbine.

Kansas-Smith Farms is located a few miles from Liberal, Kansas, a town that touts itself as the “official home of Dorothy” of “The Wizard of Oz” fame.  As the classic story suggests, the region has a significant wind resource, with several large scale wind farms in various stages of operation, construction, and planning in Southern Kansas.

The farm consists of numerous large housing facilities for hogs.  The scale of the operation requires large amounts of energy for both cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.  The turbines were installed at two separate facilities on the farm, ensuring that the turbine generation is spread across two utility accounts, so that most of the turbines’ production is used for baseline loads as produced.  This configuration provides the farm with the optimal payback, as Kansas does not currently have a net metering program, so that no retail credit would be provided to the farm for generation fed into the grid and not immediately consumed.

The turbines were purchased from Halus by Geocorp, a Kansas-based company that was directed by the farm owner to source and develop the project.  Geocorp performed most of the project’s construction management and local construction sourcing, and Halus was onsite for the crane erection, turbine startup, testing, and commissioning.

Contrary to most renewable energy projects, this project was financed solely by the farm owner, without any federal or state grants, rebates or other forms of assistance.  Based on the farm’s electric cost (about $0.10 per KWh), the project’s payback is expected to be about 6 years, making the economics very attractive without even considering the environmental benefits.

Halus Power Systems launches new line of aluminum wind assessment towers.

San Jose , CA . June 6, 2005 – Halus Power Systems has launched a new line of wind assessment towers that are significantly lighter than those currently offered by the industry. Aluminum is used increasingly by car frame manufacturers and has been used for years by the aerospace industry.  It is durable, resists corrosion, is non-magnetic, and can be recycled many times over.  Although its cost per pound is higher than that of steel, because it is much lighter the overall cost and weight of the tower is reduced when using this more advanced material.

The 50 m (164 ft) tower pictured is one of two towers recently manufactured for use on a high altitude ranch in Montana. The rugged mountain location regularly experiences gusts in excess of 125 mph, and required robust equipment.  Halus Manufacturing Engineer Silas Bleakley was mandated with designing the new line of aluminum tower which needed to be strong, light, and cost-effective.

Wind assessment towers are temporary tilt-up structures, secured with anchored guy wires (cables).  The purpose of the testing tower is to support various sensors that monitor wind and atmospheric conditions.  These particular towers featured anemometers at heights of 30m, 40m, and 50m, a wind vane, a temperature sensor, and a pressure sensor.  Measurements taken from the sensors are sent down the tower to a data logger at the base.  Data from these towers will be collected and analyzed over time to determine suitability for wind turbine development.

The new towers include universal booms and are compatible with most of the industry’s sensors and data loggers.  Tower sizes range from 10 m (33 ft), 20 m (66 ft), 30 m (100 ft), 40 m (131 ft), and 50 m (164 ft).  Halus General Director Louis Rigaud explains, “We’ve been manufacturing testing towers out of galvanized steel since 2000, but we took another look at materials when we decided to launch a taller and improved product.  Our new line of aluminum towers is lighter, easier to install, and saves the end-user more than 20% compared with competing tower costs.”

Halus Power Systems supplies 5.7 kW solar electric system in San Jose, CA.

San Jose, CA April 12, 2005 – Pacific Gas and Electric granted homeowner Vanessa Guy Permission to Operate her new solar electric system today.  Halus Power Systems designed and supplied the 5.7 kW system, which produces enough electricity for the home's electrical loads and feeds excess electricity back into the grid.  A special utility meter keeps track of the electricity usage and credits.  This process is called net metering, and is offered to any public utility customer in the state.

The system uses 30 Sanyo 190W solar modules and one Sunnyboy 6000U inverter.  Since these solar modules offer the highest power per sq. ft currently available in the residential market, only one roof surface was needed to achieve the desired power output.

An unique feature of net metering is that it allows the electric grid to be used as a virtual battery, so that no costly storage batteries are required.  During daylight hours when the PV panels generate electricity, that electricity is either used for the home’s power needs, or if there are not enough power needs at that instant, the extra electricity is fed into the home’s service panel and goes into the neighborhood power lines.  Over generation in the summer is normal, as the sun’s intensity is at its peak, and during the winter months when the sun does not generate as much electricity, the credits generated during the summer will offset the family’s winter electric bill.  The electricity produced by the system reduces the family’s electric bill up to the total yearly bill.

The solar electric system installation began a few weeks earlier, but the signed utility net metering agreement represents the formal completion of the system.  In addition to the paperwork and utility inspection required for compliance, a local electrical inspection was performed in conjunction with the required City of San Jose building permit.

Since the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program began in 1998, over 14,000 systems have been funded.  The program rebate can pay for over half of a system cost, at current rebate levels.  The CEC has scheduled the rebate level to decrease every 6 months (or until funding is exhausted or cancelled).  Property owners pay a lower out-of-pocket cost if they install a PV system before one of the scheduled rebate reductions, which occur July 1 and January 1 of each year.  System retailers such as Halus Power Systems typically perform all aspects of the installation including required paperwork, system sizing, and installation.  Since the PV panels contain no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free.  Unlike most other types of consumer electronics, Sharp and other major PV manufacturers generally provide a warranty in the 25-year range and the design life is about 40 years.

Halus Power Systems supplies 4.7 kW solar electric system in San Jose, CA.

San Jose, CA March 15, 2005 – Homeowner Timothy Rohm was granted Permission to Operate his new 4.7 kW solar electric system by Pacific Gas and Electric Company today.  Halus Power Systems supplied the system, which produces enough electricity for the home's electrical loads and feeds excess electricity back into the grid.  A special utility meter keeps track of the electricity usage and credits.  This process is called net metering, and is offered to any public utility customer in the state.

The system uses 28 Sharp solar modules covering three surfaces of the home's roof.  All three surfaces are South-facing, giving the homeowner optimal electricity production throughout the year.  The system includes one Sunnyboy 6000U inverter manufactured by SMA America, the world’s leading manufacturer of inverters.

An unique feature of net metering is that it allows the electric grid to be used as a virtual battery, so that no costly storage batteries are required.  During daylight hours when the PV panels generate electricity, that electricity is either used for the home’s power needs, or if there are not enough power needs at that instant, the extra electricity is fed into the home’s service panel and goes into the neighborhood power lines.  Over generation in the summer is normal, as the sun’s intensity is at its peak, and during the winter months when the sun does not generate as much electricity, the credits generated during the summer will offset the family’s winter electric bill.  The electricity produced by the system reduces the family’s electric bill up to the total yearly bill.

The solar electric system installation began a few weeks earlier, but the signed utility net metering agreement represents the formal completion of the system.  In addition to the paperwork and utility inspection required for compliance, a local electrical inspection was performed in conjunction with the required City of San Jose building permit.

Since the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program began in 1998, over 14,000 systems have been funded.  The program rebate can pay for over half of a system cost, at current rebate levels.  The CEC has scheduled the rebate level to decrease every 6 months (or until funding is exhausted or cancelled).  Property owners pay a lower out-of-pocket cost if they install a PV system before one of the scheduled rebate reductions, which occur July 1 and January 1 of each year.  System retailers such as Halus Power Systems typically perform all aspects of the installation including required paperwork, system sizing, and installation.  Since the PV panels contain no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free.  Unlike most other types of consumer electronics, Sharp and other major PV manufacturers generally provide a warranty in the 25-year range and the design life is about 40 years.

2004

Halus Power Systems supplies 8.7 kW solar electric system in San Jose, CA.

San Jose, CA December 1, 2004 – Pacific Gas and Electric Company Permission to Operate a solar electric system was granted today to the Dalldorf residence.  The family of four can now officially produce their own electricity using solar modules mounted on the roof of their house, and a new utility meter keeps track of what their system produces vs. what the family uses for lights and other usual electric loads.  This process is called net metering, and is offered to any public utility customer in the state.

The system uses 52 Sharp solar modules covering about 750 square feet of the family’s roof.  It also uses 2 new inverters manufactured by Sharp, the world’s leading manufacturer of solar electric panels.

By residential photovoltaic (PV) standards, 8.7 kW is large.  The Dalldorf’s approximately 5000 square foot house required sizable generation to meet it’s energy requirements.  “Having to fit 52 panels on the limited roof space was one our concerns that required us to spend design time carefully planning out how to group and place the panels to both look good and produce optimally.” Louis Rigaud of Halus explains.  Homeowner Felix Dalldorf also had some concerns and summarizes his experience by stating,“We knew we wanted to go solar, but were very concerned the installation would break or crack our concrete roof tiles.  We interviewed several solar companies and found Halus provided the best value and ensured we received a five year roof leak warranty.  The personal attention and supervision of all phases of the installation was great.  Halus made sure we had the latest hardware designed specifically for our roof type, resolved technical issues directly with the manufacturer, handled the rebate for us, and even painted the flashings to blend in with the roof.”

A unique feature of net metering is that it allows the electric grid to be used as a virtual battery, so that no costly storage batteries are required.  During daylight hours when the PV panels generate electricity, that electricity is either used for the home’s power needs, or if there are not enough power needs at that instant, the extra electricity is fed into the home’s service panel and goes into the neighborhood power lines.  Over generation in the summer is normal, as the sun’s intensity is at its peak, and during the winter months when the sun does not generate as much electricity, the credits generated during the summer will offset the family’s winter electric bill.  The electricity produced by the system reduces the family’s electric bill up to the total yearly bill.

The solar electric system installation began a few weeks earlier, but the signed utility net metering agreement represents the formal completion of the system.  In addition to the paperwork and utility inspection required for compliance, a local electrical inspection was performed in conjunction with the required Santa Clara County building permit.

Since the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program began in 1998, over 14,000 systems have been funded.  The program rebate can pay for over half of a system cost, at current rebate levels. The CEC has scheduled the rebate level to decrease every 6 months (or until funding is exhausted or cancelled).  Property owners pay a lower out-of-pocket cost if they install a PV system before one of the scheduled rebate reductions, which occur July 1 and January 1 of each year.  Since the PV panels contain no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free.  Unlike most other types of consumer electronics, Sharp and other major PV manufacturers generally provide a warranty in the 25-year range and the design life is about 40 years.

Halus Power Systems solar electric system eliminates utility bill for Fremont, CA family.

San Jose, CA. August 15, 2004 A new 4.3 kW solar electric system supplied by Halus Power Systems of San Jose has eliminated the electric bill for one Fremont family.  The system uses 27 Sharp solar modules covering less than 400 square feet of the family's roof.  It also uses a new inverter manufactured by Sharp, making it Fremont's first solar electric system using Sharp Electronics Corp's new fully integrated Photovoltaic (PV) system.

The solar modules were installed on the Fisels' home in this Northern California neighborhood on June 15, 2004.  A few weeks after the initial installation, homeowner Rick Fisel proudly announces, 'Our first post-solar PG&E bill arrived and it's $5, with a $50 energy credit toward winter! Not bad! Over-generation in the summer is normal, as the sun's intensity is at its peak, and during the winter months when the sun does not generate as much electricity, the credits generated during the summer will offset the family's winter electric bill. This important feature of net metering allows the electric grid to be used as a virtual battery, so that no costly storage batteries are required.

Solar electric systems are typically designed to offset some or all of a building's electric usage and can also be designed larger if future growth is anticipated.  The sun's energy is converted into electricity by the PV modules and collected by the inverter, which conditions and regulates the electricity transfer to the home's service panel and to the neighborhood utility grid. Halus owner Louis Rigaud explains, "The Fisel's took an important stand in producing their own pollution-free electricity. Amazingly, over half of America's total electricity still comes from large power plants that burn coal to turn their generators. Individuals taking action to change the course of energy production is much needed."

Since the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program began in 1998, over 14,000 systems have been funded.  The program rebate can pay for over half of a system cost, at current rebate levels.  The CEC has scheduled the rebate level to decrease every 6 months (or until funding is exhausted or cancelled).  Property owners pay a lower out-of-pocket cost if they install a PV system before one of the scheduled rebate reductions, which occur July 1 and January 1 of each year.  System retailers such as Halus Power Systems typically perform some or all aspects of the installation including required paperwork, system sizing, and installation.  Since the PV panels contain no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free.  Unlike most other types of consumer electronics, Sharp and other major PV manufacturers generally provide a warranty in the 25-year range and the design life is about 40 years.

Halus Power Systems supplies Gorge's first wind turbine.

San Jose, CA. May 15, 2004 The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area's first wind turbine was commissioned today by Halus Power Systems.  The 90 kW Vestas turbine is capable of powering about 25 average US households and will be used to power buildings, irrigation pumps, and a walk-in fruit storage refrigerator on a 65 acre Hood River, Oregon organic fruit orchard.  The project was funded in roughly equal parts by Apeasay orchard owner North Cheatham, an Energy Trust of Oregon grant, and an Oregon Department of Energy Business Energy Tax Credit.

The project started in 2000 when Halus Power Systems supplied a wind assessment system.  Over 2 years of data was collected.  Simultaneously the lengthy process of obtaining planning approval in a federally protected national scenic area where no prior wind turbine permits had been issued was undertaken.  Louis Rigaud of Halus explains, "There is significantly more planning work involved when going into an area with no existing projects. North and I shared a vision which took about 3 years to realize but was worth every minute."

The wind turbine is likely the world's first all green wind turbine.  Mandated by Gorge Scenic Act requirements to blend with surroundings, the turbine had to be painted dark green.  Cheatham said, "We had to paint it to look like a tree."

The turbine selected was remanufactured by Halus but was originally made in the late 1980's by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer.  Rigaud explains, "We also selected the Vestas V-17 90 kW model because it is a uniquely scaleable wind turbine. It has 2 generators, a 22 kW smaller one designed to optimally capture lower wind speeds, and a larger 90 kW generator for higher wind speeds.  We updated and customized the software that controls the turbine, giving us significant control over what it does and when."

With Oregon's current net metering law set at 25 kW, this turbine complies now using its smaller generator and will be even more useful in the future as the state's net metering law evolves.  In the 2003 regular session Oregon Legislative Assembly, Representatives Merkley and Jenson sponsored House Bill 3477 to increase the state's limit from 25 kW to 250 kW.  The bill did not pass, although Rigaud remains optimistic for the future.  He states, "Net metering laws can increase quickly; if so our Oregon clients will be well positioned.  In California, for example, the net metering limit was only 10 kW in 1995, while today it is a megawatt (1000 kW)."

The wind turbine is approximately 110 feet tall and weighs approximately 25,000 pounds.  Some on-site training was provided to the orchard owner and his staff.  On ascending the wind turbine Cheatham says, "Every time you go up that thing it gets a little easier.  The ladder is in three sections with a platform landing at each section.  The trick is, don't look down!"

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