Orlando, FL, Erlangen, Germany, Jan. 11, 2007
— Siemens Power Generation announced that, since its acquisition of Bonus Energy in 2004, its wind power division has received U.S. orders for over 1,400 megawatts (MW). The company will supply over 600 wind turbine units for wind energy project development. Total order volume of these projects is in the range of $1.7 billion.
Recently Siemens nabbed an order from Airtricity to supply 55 units of its SWT-2.3-93 wind turbine for the Roscoe wind farm in Texas. The Siemens scope of supply for this project consists of delivery, installation, commissioning and testing of wind turbines with a hub height of around 260 feet. Furthermore Siemens entered into a five-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement for the wind farm. The turbine installation will take place from early August through November 2007 and the project hand over is scheduled for mid-January 2008.
Siemens also will supply 26 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines for a Renewable Energy Systems (RES) project. The installed capacity will be approximately 60 MW for the Whirlwind wind farm in Floydada, Texas, northeast of Lubbock.
Additionally, Siemens received contracts for two other projects also located in the state of Texas. Siemens will supply equipment and service agreements to Airtricity for the Forest Creek Wind Farm, to be located in Sterling City. Forest Creek will be Airtricity’s first wind farm in the U.S. and will provide enough power for more than 24,000 homes, meeting the annual energy needs of about 56,000 Texas residents. The Siemens scope of supply includes 54 SWT-2.3-93 turbines, totaling approximately 125 MW, as well as a turbine supply agreement, and a service, maintenance and warranty agreement. To date, more than half of the turbines have been installed and commercial operation is anticipated in early 2007.
Another order in the state of Texas comes from RES, for which Siemens will supply 46 of its SWT-2.3-93 turbine generators for a total of 106 MW, as well as wind turbine supply, and service, maintenance and warranty agreements These turbines will be an extension of the existing Sweetwater Wind Farm, which will then have a total capacity of over 500 MW. The turbines are currently being installed with planned commercial operation during 2007. RES is the engineering, procurement, construction contractor, while Babcock & Brown, Catamount and DKRW Energy LLC will own the project.
With the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of obtaining six percent of U.S. electricity from wind by 2020 and the growing public demand for clean energy, it is expected that wind energy will contribute an increasing amount of the nation’s energy supply.
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