As Auto Industry Stumbles, Renewables Boom in the Midwest

The ailing auto industry has many manufacturers in the Midwest transitioning to the renewable energy market, opening factories to build wind turbine parts and solar panels.
August 26, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The promise of wind and other forms of renewable energy has cast a ray of hope into an otherwise bleak economy, especially in the industrial Midwest.

'A couple years ago, there weren't that many people interested,' says Edward Wolking, head of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council. 'Now they're just beating doors down.'

For those hoping renewable-energy technologies will save the economy of the Midwest, there's a long way to go."

The void left by the auto industry doesn't look to be filled any time soon by the renewable energy industry, but strong growth and increased demand are offering signs of hope for manufacturers.

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Published on Monday, August 24, 2009 in The Christian Science Monitor
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