Wind energy project developer joins Purdue Research Park

September 1, 2011

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - A company that has handled procurement for community wind turbine projects in Illinois has opened an office in the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana.

AB Wind Power was founded in 2008 as a subsidiary of Arends Bros. LLC. Chad Braden, part owner of Arends Bros., is principal; Rob Hefner, wind sales specialist, oversees day-to-day responsibilities of the company.

Hefner said AB Wind Power helps customers interested in community wind energy projects realize their goals.

"We provide leadership in site selection, production analysis, turbine selection and placement, interconnection, funding, and coordinating installation and maintenance service through our partners," he said. "We have led projects for municipalities, the public and private sector, and now we are reaching out to the agriculture sector."

Among AB Wind Power's key services are leading turnkey project development, providing technological research and support, soliciting manufacturer options, and overseeing financing.

"Every wind turbine project is different," Hefner said. "Wind regimes, local ordinances, interconnection standards and project goals vary, but we bring together these aspects of the projects. We also procure the turbines themselves."

Hefner said AB Wind Power became a tenant in the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana because of its location and amenities.

"We recently expanded to help clients in Michigan in addition to those in Illinois and Indiana. It makes sense for us to be located in the Northwest Indiana Corridor," he said. "I am a resident of Crown Point, Ind., and have heard many positives about the Purdue Research Park. When you consider the additional amenities offered, such as a business center, receptionist and marketing assistance, it made the decision to be located there an easy one."

About AB Wind Power

AB Wind Power provides distributed and community-level wind projects that offer economic, societal and environmental benefits for the project owners. Serving Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, AB Wind Power is the source for efficient, cost-effective wind turbines that range in size from 5 kilowatt to 2.3 megawatt machines. We offer financing and leasing options to help maximize the state and federal incentives associated with wind power. Regardless of the size of our clients' needs, AB Wind Power has a practical wind turbine model that can help them start harvesting the wind.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country in four locations across Indiana. The parks are home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany.

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Rob Hefner, 217-840-8042, rhefner@arendsbros.com

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