Siemens Secures Order For First Phase Of PSE Wind Farm

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Siemens Energy has secured an order for its largest U.S. wind turbine project. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has ordered 149 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines for Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project in Washington state's Garfield County.

The project is expected to have an installed capacity of 343 MW. PSE has an option to purchase an additional 110 SWT-2.3-101 units in 2012 for later phases of the project.

The scope of Siemens' contract with PSE for Phase I of Lower Snake River includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the 149 SWT-2.3-101 units, as well as a five-year service agreement. Shipments are expected to begin in March 2011.

According to PSE, construction of Phase I will create up to 150 temporary jobs, with the eventual commercial operations creating as many as 25 permanent jobs. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. will provide construction services for the project.

Phase I will be built near Pomeroy, Wash., on nearly 40,000 acres of leased farmland. More than 98% of the land will remain available for crops once the wind facility enters operation, with farmers receiving lease and royalty payments for participating in the project.

PSE is finalizing the development of additional phases of the Lower Snake River Wind Project.

To better meet the increasing demand in the U.S., Siemens is currently constructing its wind turbine nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kan., which is scheduled to become operational in December.

The 300,000 square-foot wind turbine nacelle facility is expected to employ approximately 400 green-collar employees. Siemens also recently expanded its 600,000 square-foot blade manufacturing facilities in Fort Madison, Iowa, which currently employs more than 600 people.

SOURCES: Siemens, Puget Sound Energy

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