Amazon has signed a thirteen-year contract with Siemens to build 150-MW wind farm

German engineering group Siemens officially announced that it has won an order from Pattern Energy Group Inc to supply all turbines for the 150-MW Amazon wind farm in the US state of Indiana.

5/23/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 2

German engineering group Siemens officially announced that it has won an order from Pattern Energy Group Inc to supply all turbines for the 150 megawatt Amazon wind farm in the US state of Indiana.

That will result in more than 300 job openings and 150-MW a day.

Sound pretty good,isn't it?

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A few words about Amazon wind farm 

The Amazon wind farm (Fowler Ridge project) will be built in n Benton County, Indiana and will generate150 megawatt (MW) a day.

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The project has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement with Amazon to supply electricity to the electric grids that service Amazon Web Services datacenters.

In role of wind generator will be used 2,3-MW Siemens SWT-2.3-108 model.

 

4003.jpg"The Amazon wind farm project has successfully closed financing and is moving ahead on schedule," said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Development. "We look forward to helping Amazon power its customers' businesses with domestic clean energy harnessed from the winds of Indiana. We are now working with Amazon, Google and Walmart, demonstrating that America's leading corporations are increasingly investing in, or buying power from, non-polluting energy sources like wind power. We see this growing trend driving the development of more new projects."

American components in use

The Amazon wind farm (Fowler Ridge project) will utilize 65 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines with manufactured in the US components. The turbine blades are being manufactured at the Siemens factory in Ft. Madison, Iowa and the nacelles are being assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. The turbine towers will be sourced from Michigan and Wisconsin. Transformers for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens facility in Richland, Mississippi.

4004.jpg"Siemens is proud that our made in America wind components will be used at the Amazon wind farm. Wind power is an increasingly important part of our nation's energy mix, and this project is part of a growing trend we see in the U.S. of technology companies and leading corporations investing in wind power," said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. "Our goal is to provide the most efficient and reliable equipment to ensure that wind energy is both sustainable and affordable.  We're pleased to continue our long relationship with Pattern Development and Pattern Energy, and Siemens technicians will work to ensure optimal performance of this equipment."

Siemens has already installed 5,600 wind turbines - equivalent to more than 10GW of capacity - in the US, Canada, Chile, Peru and Brazil.

Job openings

The Amazon wind farm (Fowler Ridge project) will employ approximately 300 skilled workers on-site at the peak of construction activity and create up to 15 permanent jobs once operational. The project is expected to start generating power in the fourth quarter of 2015. Mortenson Construction will manage construction of the project. Local contractors will be utilized during construction and operations.

4005.png"We're delighted to partner once again with Pattern Development on our 13th project together and to help bring a substantial number of jobs to the Benton County area," said Tim Maag, vice president and general manager of Mortenson Construction's Wind Energy Group. "We're very excited to see progressive companies like Amazon continuing to make long-term investments in wind energy and furthering the growth of our industry."

The project will create many economic benefits, including adding an estimated $40 million over 25 years into the regional economy through local construction contracts, property tax payments to Benton County, royalties to participating landowners, and support for local causes.

Plans for the future

By January of 2016 Amazon expects its wind farm to be generating approximately 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power annually. That much energy they'll use (enough to light up about 46,000 average homes in the US for a year) to "power both current and future AWS datacenters".

Well, the numbers really impress, and I even don't know what impresses me more - the amount of energy the wind farm will produce or the amount of AWS datacenters to require that much energy.

Anyhow, let's wish Amazon good luck in its big beginning and wait for more news from them.

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