Siemens Energy says it has been awarded LEED Gold Certification for its recently opened wind turbine nacelle assembly plant in Hutchinson, Kan.
The 300,000 square-foot facility is Siemens' first LEED Gold certified production facility in the U.S. It is also the first LEED Gold new construction/industrial site in the state of Kansas, according to Siemens.
Siemens Real Estate facilitated the project, and Gray Construction handled the construction. The plant opened in December 2010 and produces nacelles for the company's 2.3 MW and 3 MW wind turbines. The factory achieved LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, among other sustainable strategies.