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Coming Soon: The RENEW Enid Remanufacturing Facility, a Premier Gearbox and Mainshaft Repair Center

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Strategically located, the facility will be in close proximity to numerous industrial-scale wind farms in the heart of the North American wind corridor. This strategic location will reduce transportation and storage costs, and minimize delivery time when our customers experience an unscheduled component failure.

This state-of-the-art, ISO 9001 certified facility will ensure our customers are receiving premium service with fully upgraded components to improve reliability. Our ability to fully analyze each component failure, clearly communicate the failure mode, and make sound recommendations on corrective action will allow our customers to make quick and reliable decisions to minimize downtime and optimize production. With our ‘better-than-original’ mindset we focus our engineering efforts on serial defects and recommend/implement upgrades to many makes and models.

Facility key features:

  • 50,000 sq ft of temperature & humidity-controlled workspace
  • ‘5S Lean’ facility layout for safe and efficient production minimizing costs and maintaining competitive pricing for our customers
  • 7MW gearbox load test bench
  • 60T bridge crane capacity
  • Unique airflow on the HVAC system allows the entire workshop to be qualified as a ‘Clean Room’.
  • Custom-designed, fully automatic, environmentally safe, water-based parts washing system(s)
  • In-house machining capabilities
    • The fully robotic laser cladding system
    • Large lathe to turn/machine mainshafts up to 50,000 lbs. and 3 meters in diameter
    • 5 axis machining center for housing repair and upgrades
  • In-house Laboratory
    • 5 axis CMM for micro-geometry measurements on precision gearing
    • FARO arm and 3D scanning
    • Metallurgical lab
  • Estimated $10M in on-site spare parts inventory (based on customer needs)
  • 52,000 sq ft of a dedicated warehouse for on-site storage and maintenance of critical spares
  • Integrated rail system to shuttle components from workshop to warehouse
  • Engineering support for Root Cause Failure Analysis, product improvement, custom parts, and tool design
  • Comfortable ‘Customer Suite’ in the main office allows private space for our customers while visiting the facility
  • “One Call” option for our customers: spare parts, remanufacturing, storage, logistics, removal/installation & with crane services
  • 5 axis CMM for in-house gear measurements
  • Super-finish system for gearing up to 2M in diameter
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RENEW Energy Maintenance and DEIF A/S Join Forces to Deliver Control & Pitch Retrofit Solutions for North American Wind Energy Producers

Sioux Falls, 26 April 2021

RENEW Energy Maintenance, LLC (“RENEW”) and DEIF A/S have signed an Authorised System Integrator (ASI) agreement to supply control & pitch retrofit solutions for the North American market.

This agreement will expand RENEW and DEIF A/S efforts to deliver life extension and performance improvement solutions continuing to help owners maximize their asset performance. The agreement covers all wind energy platforms that Deif serves and grants RENEW exclusivity to the Suzlon Energy related DEIF products in North America.

Control and Pitch Retrofit solutions are a cost-effective and sustainable way of improving AEP and offer fast ROI for wind farm owners and operators. With the advanced technology in modern wind turbines, such projects require extensive application know how, quality solutions, and high flexibility. By joining forces in the wind turbine retrofit business, RENEW and DEIF bring a strong combined offering to the market.

Significant potential

Nick Siddens, Director of Operations at RENEW, remarks, “The products and engineering capabilities DEIF brings to controller upgrades are unsurpassed. DEIF impressed us throughout the development of the Suzlon platform upgrades and we are very excited about this partnership. With multiple projects completed and more on the schedule, we see significant potential for controller upgrades and look forward to expanding in the North American market.”

Best possible step forward

“Working with RENEW has been a success from the start,”, says Jean S. Felber, Global Business Development Manager, Wind at DEIF A/S. “I see this agreement as the best possible step forward. Together, with RENEW, we will be able to provide end-to-end retrofit solutions, with optional spare part suppliers and OEM independent services. Wind turbine owners in North America will now be able to get first class service and life extension possibilities on their ageing assets. It will enable both companies to support our customers even better”.

Exclusivity on Suzlon S64 & S88 Control & Pitch retrofits from DEIF

RENEW will continue exclusive North American distributorship of DEIF products for the Suzlon S64 & S88 platform. DEIF A/S and RENEW have collaborated on the development of the Suzlon control system upgrade and the combined strengths of our two organizations has resulted in the premier Suzlon control system life extension offerings on the market.

For further information, feel free to contact:

Nick Siddens, Director of Operations, RENEW Energy Maintenance, nicks@renewenergy.com

Jean S. Felber, Global Business Development Manager, Wind, DEIF A/S, jsf@deif.com

ABOUT RENEW

Founded in 2009 by wind energy industry veterans, and recently acquired by TAKKION, RENEW has become one of the nation’s top independent service providers (“ISP). Known for providing the highest quality technical services support to the wind power industry, RENEW has grown rapidly, developing a national and international customer base of premier OEMs, developers, and asset owners over the past decade. The company offers a wide variety of specializations, including Construction & Field Services, Operations & Maintenance, Asset Management, Gearbox Services, Infield/Up Tower Repairs, 24/7 Remote Monitoring, Specialty Field Services, Remanufacturing, Mobile Oil Change Services, Blade Services and Supply Chain Services. RENEW staff is experienced, fully trained and familiar with each major wind turbine manufacturer, past and present. For more information, go to https://renewenergy.com

ABOUT TAKKION

TAKKION is enabling the Energy Transition. TAKKION is the largest pure-play provider of logistics, field support, and technical repair services to the Renewable Energy industry globally. With the industry’s largest network of people and assets across North America, TAKKION is uniquely positioned to support our rapidly growing need for clean energy. We live by our values of Safety, Integrity, and Transparency to better serve our Customers and our Employees. To learn about how we are Moving Energy Forward, visit www.takkion.com

ABOUT DEIF:

Established in Denmark in 1933, today the DEIF Group is a global market leader in green, safe, and reliable control solutions for decentralised power production on land or at sea. The DEIF Group is staffed by more than 550 employees and represented in 50+ key markets in all regions of the world. All production facilities are located at the Danish HQ in Skive and a stunning 20% of our employees work in R&D identifying new environmentally friendly ways of increasing overall performance, reducing maintenance intervals and fuel consumption for the world’s power generating industries. https://www.deif.com/wind-power/

Takkion Holdings Acquires RENEW Energy, Inc

Acquisition Represents Significant Expansion of Strategy to Support Renewable Energy Logistics and Services

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Takkion Holdings LLC (“Takkion” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) and premier multimodal logistics and transportation provider for energy transition infrastructure, today announced that Takkion has acquired Sioux Falls, SD-based Renew Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “RENEW”). RENEW is a leading provider of operations and maintenance (“O&M”) solutions serving the renewable energy market.

Fort Worth, Texas-based Takkion, a premier multimodal logistics and transportation provider for energy transition infrastructure, has acquired Sioux Falls, SD-based Renew Energy, Inc., a leading provider of operations and maintenance solutions serving the renewable energy market.

Since its founding in 2009, RENEW has become one of the nation’s top independent specialized operations and maintenance companies (“ISP”). Known for providing the highest quality technical services support to the wind power industry, RENEW has grown rapidly, developing an international customer base of premier OEMs, developers, and asset owners over the past decade. RENEW operates locations throughout the U.S. to support the growing installed base of wind energy assets. Now as part of Takkion, the RENEW brands will remain intact and the company’s experienced management team will continue to lead the O&M business.

The RENEW business will complement Takkion’s leading logistics and transportation services companies: Transportation Partners and Logistics (“TP&L”) and Global Specialized Services (“GSS”), both led by President and COO Jim Orr. With the addition of RENEW, the Company can provide the market with a comprehensive solution for managing the complex logistics, supply chain, transportation management, operations and maintenance of wind and solar energy infrastructure.

“The combined businesses and leadership team enables us to offer an unparalleled experience and expertise to the renewable energy services market and to continue to expand our premier services,” said Orr, who will lead the wind segment, including RENEW.

“We are excited to join forces with Takkion and TP&L,” said Jim Mikel, President of RENEW. “The combination is a highly strategic decision that brings together the unique strengths of the great company that we have built, with the deep resources of Takkion and TP&L to deliver best-in-class solutions to our customers across North America.”

Scott Prince, Chief Executive Officer of Takkion, added, “RENEW’s extensive wind power operations and maintenance services, its deep engineering and R&D talent, and its unique remanufacturing capabilities complement Takkion’s capabilities and position us for market leadership. As the premier provider in logistics, supply chain, transportation management, and O&M solutions for renewable energy and energy transformation infrastructure, the innovation and value the combined Company can now bring to customers is unmatched, with increased services, enhanced safety, and the best team in the industry.”

John Bookout and Scott Browning of Apollo’s Natural Resources Private Equity business added, “We are excited to welcome RENEW into TP&L and Takkion. The RENEW team has built a market leading O&M platform serving diverse customers in the renewable energy industry. We at Apollo look forward to supporting the next phase of growth for the combined platform, with expanded capabilities to better serve customers as the energy transition accelerates. This transaction extends our support of renewable energy development and leverages our historical expertise across resource sustainability.”

Vinson & Elkins LLP acted as legal counsel to Takkion in this transaction. Cascadia Capital LLC acted as financial advisor and Frederickson and Byron, P.A. acted as legal counsel to RENEW.

ABOUT TAKKION
Fort Worth, Texas-based Takkion is the nation’s premier logistics, transportation, supply chain, and operations and maintenance solutions platform for the dynamic needs of the renewable energy, critical infrastructure, and power generation industries. The Takkion team combines the recognized expertise of Transportation Partners and Logistics (“TP&L”), Global Specialized Services (“GSS”), and Renew Energy (“RENEW”) to deliver comprehensive solutions for our customers. With expertise managing energy resources and optimizing asset performance, Takkion is proud to be a vital partner for America’s energy transformation. For more information, visit www.takkion.com.

ABOUT APOLLO
Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Bethesda, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Apollo had assets under management of approximately $433 billion as of September 30, 2020 in credit, private equity and real assets funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources. For more information about Apollo, please visit www.apollo.com.

Media Contacts:
Claire Armstrong, 817-546-8322
cba@pavlovagency.com

Whitney Neve, 817-862-7746
wneve@takkion.com

SOURCE Takkion Holdings LLC

RENEW Energy Supports Local Organizations with Donations of $24K

RENEW partnered with the South Dakota Wind Energy Association to host an industry event promoting workforce development, wind development, and ending hunger in South Dakota.

August 23, 2018 – RENEW Energy (RENEW), a leader in wind energy, joined forces with the South Dakota Wind Energy Association (SDWEA) to host their first charitable event, the SDWEA Golf & Shoot hosted by RENEW. Through sponsorships from key customers and vendors, this event helped raise $24,000 for local organizations.

Benefiting organizations include: Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI), SDWEA and Feeding South Dakota.

“We are extremely thankful for our sponsors in helping make this event successful,” said Jim Mikel, RENEW President and CEO. “It was wonderful seeing the industry come together in Sioux Falls to network, have some fun, and promote workforce development and community involvement.”

Brian Roberts, Wind Turbine Technology Instructor at MTI stated, “The Golf and Shoot was a great event. All the people were welcoming, and it was great to catch up with old friends. As an instructor, I am very grateful for the generous support of RENEW for the Wind Turbine Technology program at MTI and I look forward to working together in the future.”

The event, which brought in nearly two-hundred attendees from across the nation, consisted of a golf tournament at Prairie Green Golf Course and a sporting clay tournament at Hunters Pointe Shooting Complex. The awards social and dinner took place at CJ Callaway’s Event Center.

The proceeds will go directly to the wind and renewable energy programs at MTI and LATI to enhance training and secure a future skilled workforce. Feeding South Dakota is committed to delivering nutritious foods to meet the needs of hungry people. SDWEA will use their monies to help grow wind energy in this great state.

“This event was a great way for the people supporting wind energy to get together and share their collective enthusiasm for the possibilities for wind energy in South Dakota,” said Jennifer Stalley, SDWEA Executive Director. “It is wonderful to see so many people working to make those opportunities realities.”

RENEW looks forward to growing this event next year and making it an even bigger success.

RENEW Energy, Inc. Receives the 2017 SD Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Pro Patria Award

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota National Guard hosted its 2017 Dining-Out at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Pierre, Feb. 1.

The annual event brings together Guardsmen from across the state for a formal evening to honor the organization’s history and to recognize individual and unit achievements from the past year.

The atmosphere, while formal, includes deep-rooted traditions which lighten the mood and provide both members and guests not only plenty of laughs, but a chance to learn some of the organization’s history, traditions and an opportunity to recognize individual and unit achievements.

A video highlighting the many accomplishments made by the men and women of the SDNG in 2017 was shown in addition to comments from Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, the SDNG adjutant general. The National Guard also recognized a family, an employer and a public servant with awards recognizing their contributions to the SDNG mission.

PRO PATRIA AWARD – RENEW ENERGY, INC.
The awards portion of the evening began by presenting RENEW Energy, Inc. with the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Pro Patria Award.

The Pro Patria Award is presented annually to one South Dakota employer who provides exceptional support of our national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve.

Pictured left to right is: Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, SDNG adjutant general; Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Jim Mikel, president of RENEW Energy; Jim White, ESGR-SD chair; Staff Sgt. Daniel Noeldner and Sgt. JD Hanson, employees of RENEW and members of the South Dakota National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Trobee)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Noldner, a lead field technician with RENEW Energy and a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, nominated his employer for the award.

“RENEW Energy realizes the importance of a strong force and provides remarkable support and opportunities to members of the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Maj. Lona Christensen, executive director for the SD ESGR committee.

Sioux Falls-based RENEW Energy actively recruits National Guard and Reserve members as evidenced by their employee’s referral bonus for military hires.

“Their management team provides the most flexibility possible when planning schedules around an employee’s military service,” Christensen said. “RENEW Energy’s technicians travel to worksites throughout the nation performing work on wind turbines. It doesn’t matter where their technician is working at the week of an upcoming drill weekend, RENEW will either pay for the technician’s plane tickets or all the fuel to get home for drill and then back to the work site.”

RENEW’s support is extended to the families of service members as well.

“One employee married a service member just prior to his deployment,” Christensen said, during the award’s presentation. “RENEW energy employees rallied around her and ensured that she was supported during her husband’s deployment. This employee, the military spouse, hadn’t been with RENEW very long and didn’t have much vacation built up but she was still afforded time off without question to attend military events. She was also provided time off when her spouse returned.”

RENEW Energy’s commitment to an employee’s military service comes from the top down.

“One employee shared a conversation he had with the president of RENEW,” Christensen said, sharing another example with the audience. “During this conversation, the employee mentioned he wanted to get out of the National Guard so his service wouldn’t burden the company.

The employee was told by the president that the company would do whatever they needed to do in order to support his dual careers, saying, “Do not make the company the reason you get out of the Guard. We are here to support your Guard career, not make you quit.”

“A second employee cited a similar conversation with the president,” said Christensen. “This experience led him to say, he felt the support then and now from RENEW Energy and as a result of the company’s support of his military service, he will achieve a military retirement.

“Employers are inextricably linked to the nation’s defense by sharing their most precious assets, their employees,” Christensen said. “RENEW Energy, Inc. is deserving of this recognition for their outstanding contributions to our military services. Their leadership exemplifies the patriotic spirit that is alive and well here in our great State of South Dakota.”

South Dakota Business Leaders Join National Organization to Tout Clean Energy Jobs in Rural America

Sioux Falls Business Leaders Jim Mikel and Paul Batcheller to Advocate for Clean Energy Jobs

Two Sioux Falls, SD CEO’s – Jim Mikel of RENEW Energy and Paul Batcheller of PrairieGold Solar – have joined the Advisory Board of New Energy America, an organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America. The group, launched in September with support from rural clean energy entrepreneurs, farmers, and former leaders in Congress, released the first Clean Energy Jobs in Rural America Report, which contains a detailed analysis of clean energy jobs in each of the 50 states. The report shows that clean energy jobs outpace fossil energy jobs in 41 states.

“Jim and Paul will be great additions to our advisory board,” said Mike Carr, Executive Director of NEA. “Over the last few decades, they’ve seen first-hand the sustained job growth that the new energy economy is bringing to rural states like South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.”

New Energy America will engage lawmakers representing rural communities to demonstrate how policies that support the deployment of clean energy create jobs for their constituents. While many politicians in these states have traditionally supported fossil fuels, the data is clear that policies that support reducing emissions are creating good jobs in rural America.

Jim Mikel is the President of RENEW Energy, the largest Independent Service Provider in the US Wind Industry with 12 service divisions and over 230 employees. RENEW has a strong customer base in North America which they service from eight locations across the country, including their headquarters and remanufacturing facility in Sioux Falls, SD. Jim joins New Energy America with over 21 years of wind industry experience.

Paul Batcheller, CEO of PrairieGold Solar, also resides in Sioux Falls. PraireGold Solar invests in and builds distributed-scale solar projects throughout the United States. In addition, Paul serves as a Partner at PrairieGold Venture Partners, a Sioux Falls, SD-based venture capital firm he co-founded in 2004. He has served as a director on the board of a variety of clean energy companies throughout the United States.

In addition to Jim Mikel and Paul Batcehller, the advisory board also includes; Roger Johnson the President of the National Farmers Union; Jon Powers the Co-Founder of Clean Capital; and Former Congressman George Miller.

For more information on RENEW Energy, please visit www.renewenergy.com and for more information on Prairie Gold Solar, please visit http://prairiegoldsolar.com.

The Rural Clean Energy Jobs Report, and more information about New Energy America, can be found at www.newenergyamerica.org.

RENEW Energy, Inc. Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of the South Dakota Guard and Reserve

South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today that RENEW Energy, Inc. (RENEW) was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve.

The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

RENEW accepts an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve. Pictured L to R: Gary Cavigielli, Daniel Noeldner, Jim Mikel, JD Hanson, Laurie Fluit (ESGR). (Courtesy photo)

RENEW joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

RENEW was nominated by Staff Sgt. Daniel Noeldner and Sgt. JD Hanson with the South Dakota Army National Guard. Several policies that RENEW goes Above and Beyond include covering all travel expenses for guard drill, and continuation of benefits when serving; going beyond business practices to accommodate schedules, training, and events; and hiring preferences for active military and veterans. Noeldner and Hanson also indicated that RENEW provides assistance and resources to members of the military during their service. They keep in excellent communication and focus on the needs of service members and their families.

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call Maj. Lona Christensen at 605-737-6540 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

RENEW Appoints Erb as VP of Operations

Sioux Falls, S.D. May 25, 2017 – RENEW Energy, Inc. (RENEW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Darrell Erb to its senior management team as Vice President of Operations. Erb is a well-known figure in the wind industry with over 20 years of experience. As Vice President of Operations, Erb will spearhead the strategic development, growth and execution of RENEW’s Operations Department, which encompasses their O&M book, 24/7/365 Control Center Services, Quality Control and Asset Management platforms.

“With exceptional qualifications and demonstrated success, Darrell is a great addition to our senior management team,” said Jim Mikel, RENEW President. “His extensive relationships in the industry strengthens our commitment to our customers, suppliers and shareholders and we look forward to having Darrell continue his success at RENEW.”

Erb joins RENEW with over 20 years of industry experience primarily in the North American wind market. He started his career as a field technician and has consistently progressed to positions of greater responsibility over his career in the role of an OEM service provider and as a Facility Manager for an asset owner. His experience is primarily with larger wind farms of over 100 MW’s consisting of Zond, NEG Micon, Vestas and GE technology. Erb also has a strong background in safety and regulatory compliance. During his career, he has worked for NEG Micon, Vestas, Invenergy, Iberdrola (now AvanGrid Renewables) and most recently, Pattern Energy. He holds a degree in Business – Information Systems from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

“I am extremely excited to be part of the RENEW Energy team and look forward to the opportunities ahead,” said Erb. “I plan to leverage my strong relationships in the industry to provide owners quality services and cost-effective solutions.”