Orlando, Fla., May 23, 2011 — With a continued strategic focus on providing increased efficiency to its wind power customers, Siemens Energy announced plans for implementation of new wind service warehousing operations in Woodward, Oklahoma.
Construction of two facilities will begin this month and is slated for completion by the end of 2011. With a total of 64,000 square feet, the combined main component, tooling and spare parts facilities will be Siemens‘ largest wind power service distribution center to date in the U.S.
The geographic location of the primary distribution complex will provide customers with reduced delivery time and greater parts availability, and serve as a hub for wind energy main components and parts, including wind turbine blades, drive assemblies and generators. Over the next five years, the company expects to create up to 40 “green-collar” jobs at the facility.
Siemens is actively involved in wind projects across Oklahoma. The company provided 44 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines to Oklahoma Gas & Electric and the University of Oklahoma for the OU Spirit wind farm located near Woodward, Oklahoma, which was commissioned in 2010.
With the new 101-MW wind farm, the university plans to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2013. Additionally, Siemens supplied 66 SWT-2.3-101 units to CPV Renewable Energy Company’s 151.8-MW Keenan II wind farm located near Keenan, Oklahoma, in 2010 and 44 SWT-2.3-93 units for the 101-MW Keenan I wind farm in 2008.
Siemens is also providing 95 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines and three units of the SWT-3.0-101 direct drive wind turbines for OG&E’s Crossroads wind farm, located in Dewey County, Oklahoma. Upon completion in the second half of 2011, the Crossroads wind power project will meet the electrical needs of more than 68,000 average U.S. homes.
In 2005, Siemens had one employee working in wind power in the U.S. and now has over 1,500, including 450 service employees. Over the course of the next three years, Siemens’ wind service is expected to increase to over 1,500 people, illustrating the dramatic and continuing growth of its wind power business. There are more than 4,600 Siemens wind turbines installed or on order in North America, thus creating a considerable base for the company’s wind service investment.
Siemens has made significant strides to grow its presence in the wind energy industry in the U.S. and now enjoys a number two position in the market in terms of installed capacity.
The Woodward center marks the ninth facility expansion related to Siemens’ wind power business in the U.S. Others include the company’s recently-opened new nacelle assembly plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, a service center in Houston, Texas, an R&D center in Boulder, Colorado, two gearbox factories in Elgin, Illinois, an offshore office in Boston, Massachusetts, and the company’s Americas headquarters in Orlando, Florida.