Boston, March 31, 2010 — Cape Wind agreed with Siemens to supply 130 of its 3.6 MW turbines for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts.
The Siemens 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines are an industry “workhorse” with 1,000 units sold and 150 units installed and successfully operating.
Siemens will lay the first cornerstone of its U.S. offshore wind headquarters with the opening of an office in Boston on June 1, 2010, allowing the company to be closer to its U.S. customers.
Siemens is the leading provider of offshore wind turbines for almost 20 years, since the world’s first offshore wind farm installed in 1991 in Vindeby, Denmark to the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev II in the North Sea.
Siemens Wind Power also has a strong presence in the U.S. with about 1,000 employees and more than $100 million invested in two manufacturing locations for onshore wind turbines.
Cape Wind completed state and local permitting in 2008 and is awaiting a final Federal permitting decision from U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who has recently stated he will make his decision by the end of April.
Cape Wind’s proposal to build America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide three-quarters of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands from clean, renewable energy — reducing this region’s need to import oil, coal and gas.
Cape Wind will create new jobs, help stabilize electric costs, contribute to a healthier environment, increase energy independence and establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power.