Q&A: NRG Systems Innovates, Adapts in Global Renewables Industry
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Justin Wheating is president of NRG Systems, Inc., a Hinesburg company that designs and manufactures technology for the wind and solar industry. One of the company’s latest innovations is a bat deterrent system that it tested with Texas State University last year at a wind energy facility in Texas. The result was a 54 percent reduction in bat mortality, the test partners said.
Wheating, who is from England, has been with NRG for nine years, and helped the company through its transition after it was sold to co-founder Jan Blittersdorf in 2010. Blittersdorf sold the company to Esco Technologies, a publicly traded company in St. Louis, Missouri, in May 2017.
The company has annual revenues of about $40 million and about 100 employees who work in research and manufacturing in Hinesburg. NRG’s first building, completed in 2004, was the first LEED gold manufacturing building in the U.S., Wheating said. The company put up a second building under the same guidelines in 2008. The buildings are heated with wood pellets, but all of the electricity comes from solar panels on site.
Wheating spent some time talking to VTDigger about NRG’s work now and in the future and about ever-changing solar and wind energy policy and tax incentives.