AWEA: Siemens wins 270MW in Canada

Siemens at the first day of the AWEA wind show announced that it has received an order to provide turbines for the 270MW K2 Wind Ontario project in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada.

The German industrial giant will provide 140 units of its SWT-2.3-101 turbine to Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Capital Power LP and the Pattern Energy Group.

The order includes a long-term service and maintenance agreement.

The K2 Wind Ontario park is slated to be operational in mid-2015.

The blades for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Towers for the project will also be produced locally in Canada. The nacelles will be assembled at Siemens' U.S. factory in Hutchinson, Kansas.

"Canada is one of the most important wind markets in the Americas," says Mark Albenze, chief executive of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Onshore Americas business.

According to figures provided by CanWEA, the Canadian wind energy market is growing at a rapid rate and Canada is now the ninth largest producer of wind energy in the world with current installed capacity at roughly 7.8GW.

Siemens Energy says it holds a leading position in the Ontario market with over 1GW of installed capacity.