Of the approximately 250 wind turbines, every fourth is destined for Ontario, Canada, with the remainder to be installed in the USA in California, Oklahoma, Washington and Wyoming.
“These orders prove that the wind industry’s fundamentals are still strong, even in times of an economic downturn,” says Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of Siemens Energy. “The continuing support for renewable energy from the administrations in the US and Canada is having a positive effect on wind project development.”
To better serve the North American wind power market, Siemens is currently investing in new manufacturing facilities in the USA. Siemens broke ground on its new wind turbine assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas in September, which is scheduled to become operational in the autumn of 2010 with a planned annual output of approximately 650 wind turbine nacelles – or 1500 MW.
Siemens also recently opened, and subsequently expanded, its wind turbine blade manufacturing facilities in Fort Madison, Iowa.