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Xzeres Wind  is a new name in the small wind market but it is carrying the seasoned product line from the former company, Abundant Renewable Energy (ARE). ARE is no longer an ongoing concern.

The current XZERES Wind Corp. evolved from the formerly named Intermountain Refining. Intermountain Refining originally held interest in natural gas wells and leased manufacturing and storage facilities for asphalt production. Faced with declining production from the natural gas wells, the company sold its interest in the wells and looked to reinvent its business direction. Intermountain Refining changed course by making a leap into the renewable energy field.

Initially this was to happen with the purchase of Abundant Renewable Energy (ARE). The acquisition was not completed but the company made a name change to Cascade Wind Corp., Inc and continued to pursue a business plan in the alternative energy industry.

That break came for Cascade Wind Corp in March 2010. Abundant Renewable Energy had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Helix, a producer of VAWT's was interested in adding HAWT's to its product line and moved in to pick up the pieces of the faltering Abundant Renewable Energy company. In February 2010, the courts dismissed the Chapter 11 filing by ARE, effectively not allowing them to skate on their debt and continue selling wind turbines. This motion allowed Helix to terminate the definitive purchase agreement with ARE.

This allowed Cascade Wind Corp. to move in and acquire the ARE assets from the secured creditors in exchange for company stock. Cascade, now with a proven and marketable product changed its name to XZERES.

XZERES is continuing to distribute its product line through the former ARE dealer network with no direct sales to the end user. In an effort to put forth good business practice, XZERES is honoring warranty claims from previous ARE turbine installations. This news was probably a relief to the ARE 110 and ARE 442 owners and a strategic move on the part of XZERES. Imagine paying top dollar for your turbine and then having the company bail on you. That might also leave little confidence in the new XZERES product.

From all indications, XZERES looks like it plans to seriously dig into the small wind market. A major move occurred August 2010 with the placement of Frank Greco as Chief Executive Officer and a board member. Greco had been the CEO and a Director for Southwest Windpower since 2004. It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out over time for XZERES. Regardless of what one thinks about the SWWP products, it appears that good marketing and low price has placed them as a leader in the small wind market. It is easier to convince someone, especially the off-grid-do-it-yourself type person, to give wind power a try if the cost seems down to earth rather than astronomical. Right or wrong, this is certainly how one might view the difference between SWWP and XZERES.

In the marketing department XZERES Wind does have an impressive website. There is plenty to look at and it is easy to get basic information. It is designed to dazzle but if you want to look closely at a product you will be disappointed. There are nice pictures but no access to a manual or more detailed information. The site is reminiscent of the recent SWWP additions such as the Skystream and Air Breeze turbines that sport their own website. Regardless of the lack of informational detail it is certainly a step up from the old ARE site in sheer terms of market appeal.

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