Siemens has contracted with Pattern Energy Group LP to deliver, install and service a total of 141 wind turbines for the 324 MW Broadview Wind project, which combines two adjacent onshore wind power plants in New Mexico and Texas.
According to Siemens, the Broadview Wind endeavor will provide enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 180,000 U.S. households.
Installation of Siemens’ SWT-2.3-108 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 80 meters, is scheduled to begin this month, with the start of operations expected in the fourth quarter. The company adds that a long-term service and maintenance agreement was also signed for the turbines and includes Siemens’ remote monitoring and diagnostic services.
The New Mexico section of the Broadview project – located near Broadview, an unincorporated community in Curry County, about 29 miles north of the city of Clovis in the east of New Mexico – will feature 105 turbines for a total of 241 MW. The Texas section – located in Deaf Smith County, approximately 100 miles southwest of Amarillo – will have 36 turbines for a total of 83 MW.
According to Siemens, both sites benefit from constant wind conditions related to the streams of the North American wind belt. The company adds that the blades will be manufactured at Siemens’ blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, and the nacelles and hubs will be assembled at Siemens’ facility in Hutchinson, Kan.
Siemens Financial Services Division (SFS) is supporting the project with loans totaling nearly $100 million. The company states the SFS-provided funds will be used to support the customer’s equity stake in the transaction – both during and after construction.