407 MW more headed to Iowa

MidAmerican Energy and Siemens have entered into a turbine supply agreement for 176 wind turbines to be constructed at three sites in Iowa. Each turbine is capable of producing 2.3 megawatts of energy.

The OEM will provide its SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for the developer’s recently announced 103.5-megawatt Vienna wind project, expected for Marshall and Tama counties, the Eclipse wind project in Guthrie and Audubon counties will get 200.1 MW, and Morning Light wind project in Adair County will get 44 turbines. The contract includes a five-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement.

Siemens also will provide one additional 2.3-megawatt wind turbine, which will be installed at MidAmerican Energy’s Rolling Hills wind project. The nacelles and blades for the three projects will be manufactured at Siemens’ nearby manufacturing facilities in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Hutchinson, Kansas.

“We are extremely proud that MidAmerican Energy has again selected us to provide our advanced wind turbine equipment for its expansion projects in Iowa. Having just completed the 593.4-megawatt wind projects for the company, this additional order is evidence of the confidence forward-looking utilities, such as MidAmerican Energy, place in our technology and implementation capabilities,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of the Americas Business Unit of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Division.

In 2008, Siemens supplied 76 of its 2.3-MW turbines for the 174.8-MW Adair wind project in Iowa. In late 2010, the company received its largest wind order ever for 258 turbines for MidAmerican Energy’s 593.4-MW Iowa wind expansion projects located in Adams, Adair, Calhoun, Cass, Marshall and Pocahontas counties in Iowa.

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