Today, Siemens Energy announced that it has been awarded six new wind turbine orders (two in Canada and four in the U.S.), totaling more than 565 megawatts (MW) rated capacity. The total value of the orders is more than $900 million.
In Ontario, Canada, Siemens will supply 44 units of its 2.3-MW rated wind turbines for Kruger Energy’s Chatham wind farm and 22 wind turbines for the Gosfield wind farm, owned by Brookfield Renewable Power Fund. In the U.S., Siemens will provide Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) with 66 wind turbines for the Keenan II wind farm in Oklahoma; Duke Energy with 44 wind turbines for its Top of the World project in Wyoming; Cannon Power Group’s Windy Flats Extension wind farm with 26 wind turbines in Washington State; and Pattern Energy with 44 wind turbines for its Hatchet Ridge project in California. Together, these projects could potentially provide clean power to approximately 170, 000 North American homes.
“These orders prove that the wind industry’s fundamentals are still strong even in times of an economic downturn, ” said Siemens Energy Sector CEO Wolfgang Dehen. “The continuing support for renewable energy from the administrations in the U.S. and Canada is having a positive effect on wind project development. We are confident that the industry will get back on its growth track soon.”
“Importantly, these orders show how North America has been able to lay a groundwork to sustain this renewable industry over the long-term, ” added Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy. “Five years ago, Siemens had one employee working in wind energy in the U.S. Today we have 900. And with continued investment and growth in this industry, as evidenced by these orders, the number of green jobs should only continue to grow.”