Siemens Receives Major U.S. Order from Westar Energy for 280-MW Wind Project


Siemens has recently been awarded an order from Westar Energy, Inc. to supply, support, install, and provide service for 122 wind turbines at the Western Plains Wind Farm project to be located near Spearville, Kansas. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in early summer 2016 with the start of operations expected by early 2017. The service and maintenance provided by Siemens will include the company’s advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

The wind turbine blades for this project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The nacelles will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the United States, Kansas is a national leader in wind power with wind generating enough electricity to power nearly 1 million homes. Image 1

Siemens has made a significant commitment to wind energy in the U.S. with over 5,000 Siemens wind turbines installed in the U.S. to date, capable of producing clean power for more than 2.5 million households. The 280-MW Western Plains project is expected to create enough clean energy to power approximately 100,000 average U.S. homes. The project will feature Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53-meter blades.

“Wind power is becoming an increasingly important part of the U.S. energy mix,” said Thomas Richterich, CEO of Onshore in the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are looking forward to working with Westar Energy on this large and important project. 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.” 

— Source: Siemens

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