Siemens Energy said July 7 that it has reached, through a project in Canada, the significant milestone of 10 GW of installed wind power capacity in the Americas.
Siemens has installed more than 5,600 wind turbines in Canada, the U.S. and South America, including Peru, Chile and Brazil. Siemens reached the 10-GW installation milestone with the commissioning of the 38th wind turbine at the South Kent wind project in Ontario, Canada, in late April 2014. With a rating of 270 MW, South Kent is one of the largest wind projects in Canada.
“The wind industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, and Siemens is proud of the confidence our customers have shown in our technology and our service capabilities. As a result, we have been able to invest significantly in the Americas in order to service key wind markets such as the U.S. and Canada,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Onshore Americas business. “Our factories in the U.S. and Canada allow us to provide wind turbines right where they are needed and also provide the opportunity to export to other regions.”
“Congratulations to Siemens on this outstanding achievement,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. “We have a long partnership with Siemens in which we have installed nearly 500 turbines together, with many more to be installed this year at projects in Texas and Ontario, and we look forward to a continued successful relationship.”
Siemens’ wind power business has grown significantly since the company opened its Americas headquarters for Wind Power in Orlando, Fla., in 2005. In 2006, the company started producing wind turbine blades at the Siemens Blade Facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. Siemens then in 2010 opened a nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, which was followed by another blade factory in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, in 2011. Siemens has invested in Wind Power Service in several locations in the region, including both its Americas headquarters and the new, state-of-the-art wind service training center located in Orlando, Florida, as well as wind service locations in Houston, Texas; Goldendale, Wash.; Woodward, Okla.; and Chatham, Ontario, Canada.