Siemens has received a wind order for 270 megawatts (MW) in Australia for the Snowtown II wind farm from energy retailer TrustPower.
The order will include 90 turbines, while Siemens will also provide maintenance as part of the agreement.
Installing the wind turbines will commence in 2013, with the wind power plant coming online by 2014.
“With the SWT-3.0 direct drive wind turbine, our customers like TrustPower get a high-quality product from a partner whom they can trust. The innovative direct-drive wind technology is a reliable investment in the future of renewable power generation in Australia,” said CEO, of Siemens Wind Power Unit APAC Kay Weber.
The latest wind order will add towards the already 2,000 MW of wind energy now in the country. It’s estimated, by 2016, Australia could have as much as 6,000 MW of wind power.
Located approximately 140 kilometres north of Adelaide, the Snowtown II wind farm will be one of the largest wind farms in the country. The project is also expected to give clean power to the equivalent of 180,000 homes in the region.
Through Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio during the fiscal year 2011, 320 million tons of carbon dioxide have been reduced from the atmosphere.