Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced on Tuesday that it had been selected to supply 225 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines for a new but undisclosed project being built in Kansas, United States.
Siemens Gamesa will provide 98 of its SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines to the project which has yet to be identified and its developer announced, but which will be built in Kansas and cover more than 40,000 acres of land. The project is expected to be able to generate enough electricity to supply nearly 73,000 US homes upon completion at the end of 2018.
Of added benefit to the project, Siemens Gamesa confirmed that the wind turbine blades will come from the company’s blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, while the nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the company’s nearby nacelle and hub assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The value of a Kansas-made project for the benefit of Kansas cannot be understated and will support jobs and direct investment back into the community.
While the United States has not been a dominant region for Siemens Gamesa, the company has nevertheless installed more than 5 GW worth of wind capacity and more than 2,300 wind turbines across the country, and supplied wind turbines for a capacity of over 18 GW.
Even though we are only four months into 2018, it has nevertheless been a striking year for Siemens Gamesa, having been awarded numerous contracts around the world and, just last week, been confirmed as the leading wind manufacturer in 2017, supplanting long-term industry leader Vestas.