Siemens confirms 1.05GW US deal

Siemens has confirmed an order to supply MidAmerican Energy with 448 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 1.05GW.

The order was first made public in November by the Warren Buffett-owned US power company, but Siemens only today confirmed details of the deal.

The German industrial giant said this is the largest order for onshore wind turbines for Siemens so far, and claims it is also the largest single deal for onshore wind power globally to date.

The 2.3MW turbines with a rotor diameter of 108 metres are slated to be installed in five different projects in Iowa.

"Siemens not only leads the way for offshore wind power worldwide, we are also a very successful player in the onshore wind industry,” says Markus Tacke, chief executive of the Wind Power Division of Siemens Energy.

β€œIn Europe and Africa alone, we successfully installed more than 1GW in the last fiscal year. This new order from MidAmerican Energy once again highlights that we are one of the leading suppliers in the US wind power market.”

The order includes a service and maintenance agreement.

The nacelles and hubs for the wind turbines of the massive order will be assembled at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, while rotor blades will be produced by Siemens in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Siemens so far had already installed 1.2GW of wind power capacity for MidAmerican Energy.