By Andrew Burger | 08 November 2011, 13:28 BST
Siemens Energy's North American business has the wind at its back. Europe's largest engineering company racked up orders for 293 wind turbines from six wind power projects - four in the US, one in Puerto Rico and one in Canada - from July to October.
Worth more than $900 million, the turbines' combined capacity totals 673 megawatts (MWs), enough to provide clean, renewable power for more than 200,000 homes, according to a company news release.
All of the orders are for Siemens Energy's SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines, "the workhorses of the company's wind power portfolio," Felix Ferlemann, CEO of Siemens' Wind Power Division.
"As we look to further regionalization efforts within our wind power business, we've continued to locate new and expand existing manufacturing, assembly and service facilities to provide superior products and support to our wind power customers in the Americas," commented Mark Albenze, CEO of the Americas Business Unit of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Division. "These orders are evidence of the continued investment and growth in the wind industry and an increasing demand for clean energy in the region."
In the continental US, Siemens Energy received orders to supply 57 wind turbines for Duke Energy's 131 MW Cimarron II project in Gray County, Kansas; 87 for its 200 MW Los Vientos, Phase 1 project near Harlingen, Texas; 30 more for Duke's 69 MW Laurel Hill project in north central Pennsylvania's Lycoming County; and 66 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for Pattern Energy's 152 MW project near Ely, Nevada.
Siemens will also supply 44 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for Pattern Energy's 101 MW Santa Isabel wind farm in Finca de Viento, Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico and 9 wind turbines for Grand Valley 1 Limited Partnership's 19.8 MW project in Grand Valley, Ontario.
Having entered the American wind power market in 2005 with one employee, Siemens has created nearly 1,800 jobs in its US wind power business alone, the company noted. It operates a nascelle assembly plant in Hutchison, Kansas, and has expanded its 600,000-square foot wind turbine IntegralBlade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, which now employs more than 700.
Siemens intends to add two facilities this year: a new wind service distribution center in Woodward, Oklahoma and a distribution and tooling facility in Wichita, Kansas.
With a cumulative installed wind power capacity of more than 4,800 MW, Siemens has a solid second position in the US and also holds a leading position in Canada, being the number one supplier of wind turbines in Ontario.
Looking to expand across the Americas, Siemens is aiming to build up its wind power business in South America. It's secured orders for its 2.3 MW wind turbines with three wind power projects in Brazil with a combined installed capacity of 312 MW. They're due to be installed in 2012 and 2013.
* Image Courtesy of Siemens Energy
Source: Clean Technica