Siemens Energy has reached the milestone of 10 GW of installed wind power capacity in the Americas. Siemens has installed more than 5,600 wind turbines in Canada, the USA and South America, including Peru, Chile and Brazil.
This capacity is enough to supply renewable power to about three million average households.
Siemens reached the 10 GW installation milestone with the commissioning of the 38th wind turbine at the South Kent wind power project in Ontario, Canada, in late April 2014. With a rating of 270 MW, South Kent is one of the largest wind projects in Canada.
“The wind industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, and Siemens is proud of the confidence our customers have shown in our technology and our service capabilities. As a result, we have been able to invest significantly in the Americas in order to service key wind markets such as the U.S. and Canada,” says Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Onshore Americas business. “Our factories in the U.S. and Canada allow us to provide wind turbines right where they are needed and also provide the opportunity to export to other regions. We couldn’t have reached this significant milestone without our 1,900 dedicated employees in the Americas and our project partners,” adds Albenze.
Siemens’ wind power business has grown significantly since the Company opened its Americas headquarters for Wind Power in Orlando, Florida, in 2005. In 2006, the company started producing wind turbine blades at the Siemens Blade Facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. Siemens then opened a nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 2010, which was followed by another blade factory in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada in 2011.
Additionally, Siemens has invested in Wind Power Service in several locations in the region, including both its Americas headquarters and the new wind service training center located in Orlando, Florida, as well as wind service locations in Houston, Texas; Goldendale, Washington; Woodward, Oklahoma; and Chatham, Ontario, Canada.