Pearce Renewables, a provider of operations and maintenance services for renewable energy infrastructure, is opening an office in downtown Schenectady.
The move follows GE Vernova’s establishment last year of a $50 million onshore wind turbine production line in the Electric City. GE Vernova, which encompasses General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) energy business portfolio, has said it expects to produce more than 100 units of turbine components at the facility this year.
Pearce provides wind-turbine services, including component exchanges and blade repair, for GE Vernova throughout the country. It plans to service GE Vernova and other customers from its new Schenectady space, located on the top floor of 155 Erie Boulevard, a historic firehouse converted to offices by Spraragen Partners, according to a news release. Ten Pearce employees will occupy the space.
The board of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority on Wednesday awarded Pearce a $75,000 grant and a sales-tax exemption for materials for the office renovation.
Pearce’s technicians serve customers in the wind, solar, electric-vehicle charging and energy-storage fields. Headquartered in Paso Robles, California, the company employs about 2,700 people and has more than two dozen offices.
“We are thrilled to open an office in downtown Schenectady and be part of such a great community,” Zack Dorfman, senior vice president for Pearce, said in a statement. “An office in Schenectady County will help us attract and retain the highest-quality talent in the industry.”
Pearce is the second wind-related company to establish a presence in Schenectady County since GE Vernova’s production line announcement. In October Metroplex announced that Danish firm Jupiter Bach, which makes turbine components, would be leasing space at Rotterdam Corporate Park.
Ray Gillen, chair of Metroplex, said renovations of Pearce’s office are starting immediately.
Metroplex is in active discussions with other suppliers in the wind-energy sector, according to Gillen.
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