This week, following National Manufacturing Day, Siemens celebrates the five-year anniversary of its nacelle production facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. Siemens’ 300,000-square-foot factory oversees the production and assembly of nacelles and hubs, which sit atop the wind tower, supporting the rotor and housing components for the electric power generation, including the gearbox, drive train and control electronics.
“Five years after its opening, Siemens’ production facility in Hutchinson is a bright spot in Kansas’ wind energy economy,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We have over 350 employees in Hutchinson, and we are very proud of their contributions to the local community and economy.”
To date, workers at the facility have produced more than 2,640 G2 nacelles, which have been installed in projects across the United States and in foreign markets. The Hutchinson facility is now preparing to build nacelles for Siemens’ latest wind turbine – the SWT 2.3-120 which features a 120 meter rotor.
Kansas is a national leader in wind power, with wind generating enough electricity to power nearly one million homes. In 2014, wind energy was responsible for 21.67% of all electricity production in Kansas. As a leading supplier of reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions, Siemens is proud to help Kansas not only generate clean power, but also drive economic activity throughout the state. According to the Wind Coalition, the wind industry has created 12,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state and has attracted $8 billion in investment in Kansas – including seven wind-related manufacturing facilities. Driving down the cost of wind power is a key goal for Siemens, helping to make renewable energy competitive with conventional energy sources.
Earlier this year, the Export-Import Bank of the United States honored Siemens as the Renewable Exporter of the Year, recognizing two wind power projects in Peru for which Siemens supplied equipment – including nacelles produced at the Hutchinson plant.
Siemens recently achieved the 10-GW installed capacity milestone in the Americas, with its 5,600 installed wind turbines in Canada, the U.S. and South America. Nearly 5,000 wind turbines are installed in the U.S., capable of producing clean, renewable power for more than 2.5 million households every day.
For more information about Siemens Wind Power and Renewables, visit www.siemens.com/wind
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