The new wind farm will give 265 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy in California, which is now under construction and set to be on-line by 2013.
Meanwhile, the Ocotillo wind project is the 10th project either in contract, completed, or being developed by Pattern Energy, and will include a maintenance and service agreement for two years.
Siemens, besides investing in the new California wind farm, is also making further headway in South America by investing in the Chilean El Arrayan wind power plant. El Arrayan is the first wind farm in South America built by Siemens that is not in Brazil. The El Arrayan deal will allow for a five-year maintenance and service contract, with installation set for 2013 and coming on-line by winter 2013/14.
Officials were keen on both the new California wind and Chilean wind projects, with the projects boosting Siemens’ overall global presence in renewable energy.
“We are very pleased to once again partner with Pattern Energy on another of its wind projects. Our U.S. factories will supply the blades and the majority of the nacelles and hubs for the Ocotillo Wind project, and we will also export components to Chile,” said CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas Business sector Mark Albenze.
“Siemens has invested more than $100 million in our factories here in the U.S. over the last five years and we remain committed to providing our wind turbines to the U.S. industry as well as exporting them to markets across the Americas.”
These recent announcements add to the rich layers of Siemens’ environmental portfolio, which had a revenue of €30 billion in 2011. Siemens cleantech investments, besides being very beneficial to the economy, have provided many positive environmental benefits, including taking close to 320 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
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