Siemens to supply turbines for 48-MW wind project in Kansas

Siemens will supply 21 wind turbines to NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NJR), for the 48-MW Alexander wind project, located in Rush, Kan.

A service and maintenance agreement was also signed to help ensure the turbines operate at optimal levels, Siemens said in a Jan. 22 statement. NJRCEV will be investing up to approximately $85m in the Alexander project, and is responsible for constructing, owning and operating the wind farm. The Alexander project is expected to be operational in the fall of 2015. The Alexander project, located 120 miles northwest of Wichita, will produce energy for customers through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

The project’s 21 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines are part of Siemens G2 platform of onshore geared products – the workhorse of Siemens installed portfolio with rotor diameters optimized for all wind conditions. The G2 platform features highly-engineered, designed and manufactured components, exceptional reliability, intelligence and low operational costs for an optimized return on investment.

The nacelles for this project will be assembled at Siemens nearby facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, and the blades will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.

“We have 400 employees at our Hutchinson facility, and take a tremendous amount of pride in our community, our company, supporting our customers and what we manufacture. This project has a special meaning, as the Alexander wind farm is just up the road from our nacelle assembly plant,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.

Siemens recently hit the 10-GW installed capacity milestone in the Americas, with its 5,600 installed wind turbines in Canada, the U.S. and South America. Siemens said it has invested heavily in its wind power business, with the Americas representing more than 50% of its installed base during the past 10 years. The company opened its Americas headquarters for Wind Power in Orlando, Fla., in 2005. In 2006, Siemens started producing wind turbine blades at the Siemens Blade Facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company then opened a nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kan., in 2010, which was followed by another blade factory in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada in 2011. Siemens also has an R&D facility in Boulder, Colorado, and its Americas Offshore office is located in Boston, Mass.

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years.

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that provides safe and reliable natural gas and renewable energy services, including transportation, distribution and asset management. NJR is comprised of five key businesses, including NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a leading renewable energy company that invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity in excess of 93 MW.

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