Orlando, Fla., May 18, 2010 — Siemens Energy recently secured an order for its single largest U.S. wind turbine project.
Puget Sound Energy, Washington state’s oldest, local energy utility, has ordered 149 wind turbines rated at 2.3 MW each for Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project in Washington state’s Garfield County.
With an installed capacity of 343 MW, the wind power facility is expected to provide clean power for more than 100,000 homes. PSE has an option to purchase an additional 110 SWT-2.3-101 units in 2012 for later phases of the project.
“This order is an important stepping stone towards becoming one of the top two wind turbine supplier in the U.S.,” said Rene Umlauft, CEO of the Siemens Renewable Energy Division. “We look forward to working with PSE to further advance its renewable energy initiative in the United States.”
The scope of Siemens’ contract with PSE for Phase I of Lower Snake River includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the 149 SWT-2.3-101 units, as well as a five-year service agreement. Shipments are expected to begin in March 2011.
Since its introduction in April 2009, the SWT-2.3-101 wind turbine has quickly become the best-selling wind turbine in the U.S. The 101-meter rotor is specifically designed to optimize the energy returns in areas with moderate wind conditions.
To better meet the increasing demand for clean energy in the Americas, Siemens is currently constructing its wind turbine nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, which is scheduled to become operational in December 2010.
The 300,000-square-foot wind turbine nacelle facility is expected to employ about 400 “green-collar” employees. Siemens also recently expanded its 600,000-square-foot blade manufacturing facilities in Fort Madison, Iowa, which currently employs more than 600 people. The Siemens Wind Power business is well on its way to exceed 1,500 employees in the U.S. by the end of 2010.