Siemens Power Generation’s (PG) wind power division has received an order for 161 megawatts (MW) of wind turbines for the Wildorado Wind Ranch, which will be located near Amarillo, Texas. The turbines have the potential to meet the electricity demand of more than 50,000 households.
Siemens is contracted to supply 70 2.3 MW Mk II turbines, including towers and transportation to the site, installation, start-up and commissioning, and a five year service and maintenance agreement. The project is scheduled for commissioning in spring 2007. The Wildorado Wind Ranch was developed by Cielo Wind Power in conjunction with Edison Mission Group (EMG).
Within the past year, wind power projects in the US increased in total capacity by 2,431 MW, with an investment volume of more than $3 billion. This resulted in an increase of 36 per cent, which puts the US at approximately 9,149 MW of installed capacity of wind power. For the current year, experts forecast a further increase in demand for wind farms.
Siemens said that due to the US Congress’ prolongation of the production tax credits for wind power and the high prices for oil and gas, the market for wind power in the US is becoming mature and stable.