Siemens receives second wind turbine order from RES Canada

Siemens Energy has been awarded an order for 43 of its 2.3-MW SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the Greenwich Wind Energy Project near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

0 April 11, 2010

In November 2009, Siemens was also contracted to supply 43 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the Talbot Wind Energy Project near Chatham, Ontario. The purchaser of the 86 wind turbines with a combined rated capacity of nearly 200 megawatts (MW) is Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada Inc., a leading renewable energy company and an affiliate of RES Americas which has developed and/or constructed approximately 10 percent of the wind capacity in the United States. Once completed, the wind farms are expected to provide clean power for more than 60,000 Canadian homes.

The scope for both wind energy plants includes the supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a five-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement. Additionally, Siemens will install the 43 wind turbines at the Greenwich Wind Energy Project, which is expected to begin in June 2011. Commissioning of the Talbot Wind Energy Project is expected to be completed in December 2010.

"Canada is an important wind power market for Siemens. Five wind turbine orders totaling nearly 600 MW received in Canada over the last six months clearly demonstrate the success we’ve experienced," stated Bill Smith, Senior Vice President, Siemens Canada Limited. "Including the two Canadian wind farms commissioned in 2008, wind turbines from Siemens have the potential to provide clean power to approximately 240,000 Canadian homes," added Smith. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, Canada’s wind energy industry enjoyed a record year with 950 MW of new wind energy capacity installed in eight provinces in 2009 – placing Canada ninth globally in terms of new installed capacity for the year.

Siemens and RES Americas have partnered on a number of projects since Siemens entered the wind power market in December 2004. In the United States, Siemens partnered with RES Americas on the supply of a total of 158 2.3-MW wind turbines, including 46 units for the Sweetwater 4B Wind Energy Project, 26 wind turbines for the Whirlwind Wind Energy Project, 14 units for the Nine Canyon III Wind Energy Project and 72 wind turbines for the Hackberry Wind Energy Project in Texas.

"RES Canada is pleased to continue our successful relationship with Siemens that now totals 1,665 MW of successfully developed projects in Canada and the United States," said Andrew Fowler, Vice President, Construction of RES Canada. "The Greenwich Wind Energy Project will bring the many benefits of renewable energy to the Township of Dorion and surrounding communities that includes up to 300 construction jobs."

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