Portland General Electric Company has awarded Siemens Energy the contract for fulfilling the turbine order for their 267-MW Tucannon River Wind Power Plant project, to be located in Columbia County, Washington. Siemens will provide 116 units of their SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, which each have a capacity of 2.3 MW.
As with most contracts of this type, Siemens will not only be providing the turbines and installation, but are also contracted to a five-year service and maintenance agreement.
Installation of the turbines is expected to begin in 2014, with an expected completion sometime in 2015. Upon completion, the project is expected to be able to generate enough electricity to power approximately 84,000 households in the region.
“We are excited to support PGE with their continued expansion of clean, renewable energy,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas business. “This order is also an important step in strengthening our position in the U.S. wind market. We will be delivering all of the blades, nacelles and hubs from our facilities in Iowa and Kansas.”
Previously known as Lower Snake River Phase II, the Tucannon River Wind Power Plant project is located adjacent to the Lower Snake River Phase I, a 343 MW wind power plant which was completed in 2012, also built with Siemens wind turbines.
“Wind power is part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio,” stated the press release, an obvious statement but one backed up by years worth of investment and innovation in the industry. In May of this year the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) awarded a contract to Siemens to construct the federal government’s largest wind farm: “The installation will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex plant in Amarillo.”
While earlier this year Siemens opened the world’s largest R&D centre for wind turbine technology in Denmark;
The new test center in Brande features test stands for major components of Siemens wind turbines, including generators, main bearings and complete nacelles. In Aalborg, seven blade test stands are capable to perform full scale tests of rotor blades, including the world’s largest blade in operation with a length of 75 meters. In combination, the two facilities form the world’s largest R&D test center for wind turbine technology.
Which is why it is completely unsurprising that Siemens CEO, Peter Löscher, announced in January of this year that cleantech is a “vital part of our business”.
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