The multinational announced the order on Monday, revealing that Westar Energy, the largest electric company in Kansas, had placed an order for 122 of Siemens’ SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. The turbines will be deployed on the Western Plains Wind Farm, being developed near Spearville, Kansas, approximately 100 miles west of Hutchinson.
Siemens will provide and install the turbines, with installation expected to begin in early summer 2016, and operations expected to begin by early 2017.
“Wind power is becoming an increasingly important part of the US energy mix,” said Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are looking forward to working with Westar Energy on this large and important project. Continued technological innovation to drive down cost along with recent congressional action providing long-term certainty for renewable energy sets the stage for continued wind power growth in America.”
The nearby Hutchinson Siemens facility will assemble the nacelles, while the turbine blades will be manufactured at Siemens’ blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa. Upon completion, the Western Plains Wind Farm is expected to provide the equivalent electricity to supply approximately 100,000 average homes.
This is Siemens’ second order announcement for 2016, following a smaller 53 MW wind turbine order in Scotland. Siemens will provide 23 of its SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines to the Blackcraig Hill onshore wind power plant, expected to reach completion in the spring of 2017.
“Wind energy makes a significant contribution not only to a clean energy supply in Scotland but also to the local economies,” said Thomas Richterich. “In this context we are glad to collaborate again with Blue Energy to make wind energy the most beneficial energy source for society.”
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