Siemens says it has received orders for three wind power plants with a total capacity of 130 MW – all of which will be erected by the end of 2016.
Siemens will supply 42 direct-drive D3 wind turbines, the SWT-3.0-113 and SWT-3.2-113, for three projects in Italy.
Since 2012, Italian regulatory authority Gestore Servizi Energetici (GSE) has prescribed an awarding procedure for wind farms with capacities greater than 5 MW. In this process, developers offer the greatest possible discounts from the defined base rate of EUR 127 for each MWh of generated power that is generated, explains Siemens.
The 60 MW Melfi project, located near the town of the same name, and the 54 MW project near the community of Tricarico are located in the Basilicata region in southern Italy. Installation work at these sites is to begin in the first half of 2016.
The 16 MW Cerreto project, located near the community of Genzano di Lucania, which is also located in the Basilicata region, is scheduled to go online in the next few weeks.
‘The order-awarding process in place since 2012 has resulted in greater cost transparency for onshore wind power projects in Italy," says Thomas Richterich, CEO of onshore wind at Siemens' wind power and renewables division. ‘We are, therefore, very pleased that we can highlight the efficiency of our direct-drive D3 wind turbines here – and especially for three Italian projects at once within one year.’