Siemens Wind Power, the former Danish company Bonus Energy, has gained one of its largest wind turbine orders to date, writes Newsmarket. The order was placed by the Florida Power and Lightning Energy (FPL), and comprises 218 2.3 MW wind turbines for several wind farms across the US. The turbines will be delivered in 2009 and will provide energy for approx. 150,000 households.
In its current financial year, Siemens Wind Power has received orders for wind turbines for the US worth more than DKK 11bn (USD 2.3bn).
"This order is a continuation of the strong growth Siemens Wind Power is seeing in the wind energy area," says Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Wind Power. "FPL is an important customer and we are pleased to have been chosen again as supplier for the US wind turbine farms. Siemens' agreement comprises 218 units of SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines with a total capacity of about 500 MW and includes delivery, technical assistance during installation and commissioning of the wind turbines."
The nacelles will be supplied from Siemens Wind Power's factories in Brande and Ølgod in Denmark, while the blades will be produced at the company's blade factory in Iowa, which opened in 2007. Siemens plans to expand this factory which will double its production capacity and create more than 200 new jobs.
Headquartered in Brande, Jutland, Siemens Wind Power employs more than 3,500 people worldwide of whom 2,700 are working in Denmark. The company entered the wind turbine industry in 2004 through the acquisition of Bonus Energy, which at the time was Denmark's oldest wind turbine manufacturer and the world's fifth largest.