Both onshore wind power plants will provide clean energy to meet the energy needs of approximately 180,000 average U.S. households. Siemens’ installation of its 2.3 MW onshore wind turbines is scheduled to begin this month, with the start of operations expected in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016. A long-term service and maintenance agreement was also signed for the turbines and includes Siemens’ remote monitoring and diagnostic services, which offer a proactive approach to service and maintenance to help bolster the performance of the turbines during their lifetime.
Siemens will deliver its SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine, with a rotor diameter of 108 meters and a hub height of 80 meters. An installed power boost option provides additional electrical output under high wind conditions. The New Mexico section of the Broadview project – located near Broadview, an unincorporated community in Curry County in the east of New Mexico, about 29 miles north of the city of Clovis – will feature 105 turbines for a total of 241 MW. The Texas section – located in Deaf Smith County, approximately 100 miles southwest of Amarillo – will have 36 turbines for a total of 83 MW. Both sites benefit from constant wind conditions related to the streams of the North American wind belt. The blades for this project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Siemens Financial Services Division (SFS) is supporting the project with loans totaling nearly $100 million. The funds provided by SFS will be used to support the customer’s equity stake in the transaction – both during and after construction.
“Siemens is proud to provide a sustainable solution to Pattern Development to help advance efforts in the US to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “With our broad portfolio and comprehensive expertise in wind power generation we will help to increase the share of wind power in the U.S. energy mix. With New Mexico’s proximity to important wind energy areas, the state is on the way to become an important driver for the wind industry in this region.”