Availon Brings Wind Turbine Back to Life at Story Medical
7/22/2011

It took two engineers from Availon North America a matter of hours to repair and bring on-line the Vestas V27 225 KW wind turbine that belongs to the Story County Medical Center in Nevada, Iowa.

The turbine was commissioned at the end of 1994 but stopped working in April of 2011. The Medical Center’s former service provider proposed a high-cost solution. While searching for an alternative, Jim Miller, Project Coordinator for the Medical Center, came across the article, “Green Job Takes Wind Technicians to Dizzying Heights,” (May 19, 2011) by Des Moines Register business writer Dan Piller. The article highlighted Availon North America’s extensive experience servicing wind turbines in the Midwest, which prompted Jim Miller to investigate Availon further.

After visiting Availon’s headquarters in Grimes and meeting with company executives, an initial agreement was signed entrusting Availon with the task of bringing the Medical Center’s Vestas V27 back to life. The agreement was reached on June 23, 2011.  Within 24 hours Availon had the turbine back on-line.

The turbine has been an integral part of Nevada, Iowa’s landscape for over 17 years. The Medical Center’s turbine was featured in January 1995 in Windpower Monthly, a leading wind industry trade magazine: the Vestas V27 was one of three turbines donated to the Nevada community by prominent residents Harold and Marjorie Fawcett, along with Harold’s sister Josephine Tope: two turbines went to the local high school and one – to the Medical Center. This turbine was only the second Vestas installed in the United States outside of California.

Now one of the oldest Vestas in the Midwest is up and running successfully again. Availon used a creative approach to solve the problem, which was challenging due to the turbine’s age and scarceness of replacement parts. It was possible because of the Availon North America’s unique position among wind turbine service providers: in addition to well-trained wind technicians, the company employs many highly specialized engineers who are capable of designing the most efficient engineering solutions to satisfy customers’ budgets. Coupled with fast response time, Availon’s dedication to customer service brings results that meet and often exceed customers’ expectations.

Jim Miller, Story County Medical Center’s Project Coordinator, comments: “After three months of the downtime, Availon’s quick, efficient and budget-minded response to bring our turbine back online was very much welcomed. We are glad we made this call, and look forward to a productive relationship with Availon in the future.”

Steve Thompson, Availon North America’s President, adds: “As an Iowan, it gives me a special thrill to provide services to our local communities. We are proud that the state where Availon chooses to have its North American headquarters has always been in the front line of wind power development and usage. Nevada, Iowa’s wind turbines are a testament to Iowa’s pioneering spirit in clean energy production.”

For 60 years, Story County Medical Center, Story Medical Clinics and Story Medical Senior Care have been the trusted providers of high-quality, local healthcare services for the residents of Story County. Their modern South Campus creates a healing environment that matches the personalized care and clinical expertise of its medical staff. Visit www.StoryMedical.org for more information.

Availon Inc. specializes in parts and services for GE, Vestas®, and Siemens® turbines, and is expanding to other turbine types. In addition to being a primary supplier for SSB and Duradrive parts, Availon Inc. is also an exclusive vendor for Bachmann, Leonard+Bauer, and Convertec parts. The Availon global portfolio includes spare parts supply and management, end of warranty inspections, individual turbine optimization, turbine upgrades, field services, remote monitoring, and operations and maintenance.

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