Siemens says it has received an order to supply, install and commission 50 of its onshore direct-drive SWT- 3.2-113 wind turbines for a Norwegian wind project, which will be developed by Zephyr AS and Norsk Vind Energi AS and will receive equity financing from BlackRock.
According to Siemens, the wind power plant Tellenes will produce clean energy equivalent to the annual consumption of 30,000 Norwegian households. The turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2 MW and a rotor diameter of 113 meters, will be erected in Rogaland, south of Stavanger in Norway.
Under the terms of a long-term agreement, Siemens will also be responsible for operating and servicing the wind turbines.
As previously announced, Google will use the renewable energy produced by the wind turbines to power data centers in Europe for 12 years. Siemens adds that this cross-border arrangement is possible thanks to Europe’s increasingly integrated energy market. Further, the company states that this will be one of the largest onshore wind projects in the country.
“Technology companies such as Google are increasingly covering their rising energy demands with clean wind power,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO onshore of Siemens wind power and renewables division. “We are proud to be part of this development with our direct-drive technology. Tellenes will also be one of the largest onshore wind projects in Norway.”
Construction will begin this month, and the project is expected to be fully operational in late 2017.