Siemens has been awarded an order from Apex Clean Energy to supply, support installation and provide long-term service for 66 wind turbines for the Grant Wind project in Grant County, Oklahoma. The Grant Wind project follows an announcement from earlier this year that Siemens is providing turbines, service and financing for Apex Clean Energy’s Kay Wind project in Kay County, Oklahoma. Siemens’ Financial Services is supporting the project’s construction financing with $50 million.
Installation of the turbines is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with the start of operations expected in the spring of 2016. Upon completion of the project, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power will acquire the wind farm from Apex Clean Energy, marking the company’s second wind project. Apex will continue to serve as asset manager of the project, with Siemens providing service.
“Combining equipment, service and financing, the Grant Wind project represents the full spectrum of resources Siemens brings to America’s wind power industry,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are honored to have the continued confidence of Apex Clean Energy with this second Oklahoma wind farm this year. Siemens workers at our factories in the Midwest will produce the blades and nacelles for this project, and our highly skilled technicians will deliver local service that harnesses Siemens’ global expertise.”
“Apex is pleased to be working with Siemens once again,” said Mark Goodwin, president of Apex Clean Energy, “and we are glad that so many of the components for Grant Wind turbines will be produced within the region. These projects offer significant economic benefits to local communities, throughout manufacturing, construction, and operation.”
A long-term service and maintenance agreement was also signed for the turbines and includes Siemens’ remote monitoring and diagnostic services, which offer a proactive approach to service and maintenance to help bolster the performance of the turbines during their lifetime. Additionally, Siemens is supplying the project’s main generator step up transformer.
The 151 megawatt (MW) project is expected to generate enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of approximately 50,000 average U.S. homes annually. The project will feature Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53 meter blades. The Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines are part of the company’s G2 platform of onshore geared products – the workhorse of Siemens’-installed portfolio with rotor diameters optimized for all wind conditions. The G2 platform features highly engineered, designed and manufactured components, exceptional reliability and low operational costs for an optimized return on investment. The nacelles for the Grant Wind project will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, and the blades will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.
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.
Siemens is a leading supplier of reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions. Driving down the cost of wind power is a key goal for Siemens, helping to make renewable energy competitive with conventional energy sources.
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