Siemens to deliver turbines for 280MW Western Plains wind project in Kansas, US

11 January 2016 (Last Updated January 11th, 2016 18:30)

Westar Energy has placed a turbine delivery order with Siemens for the 280MW Western Plains wind power plant in Ford county, in the state of Kansas, US.

Western Plains Siemens' wind turbine

Westar Energy has placed a turbine delivery order with Siemens for the 280MW Western Plains wind power plant in Ford county, in the state of Kansas, US.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Located near Spearville, to around 100 miles west of Hutchinson, the wind farm will be equipped with 122 of Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines.

Besides supplying the turbines, the German technology giant Siemens will be responsible for their installation support and services.

The firm is expected to start wind turbine installations for the project later this year, and commission those by early 2017.

Once operational, the onshore wind farm will be able to meet the power requirements of approximately 100,000 average households in the country.

Siemens will also be offering advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics as a part of its service and maintenance for the project.

" … Recent congressional action providing long-term certainty for renewable energy sets the stage for continued wind power growth in America."

The firm will be manufacturing 53m blades for the wind turbine order at its facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, while assembling the nacelles at its facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, US.

Siemens wind power and renewables onshore CEO Thomas Richterich said: "Wind power is becoming an increasingly important part of the US energy mix.

"Continued technological innovation to drive down cost, along with recent congressional action providing long-term certainty for renewable energy sets the stage for continued wind power growth in America."

To date, the firm has installed more than 5,000 wind turbines in the country, capable of producing clean power for more than 2.5 million US homes.


Image: The wind farm will be equipped with 122 of Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.