Industry Market Trends
Siemens Expands Wind Power Accessibility
November 9, 2011
Siemens Energy has expanded its wind power business with a new wind power distribution facility in Wichita, Kansas. The new facility is the second in the company's focus on regionalization and providing customers increased efficiency. The first facility is located in Woodward, Oklahoma. The 73,000 square foot warehouse will be the hub for the area's wind industry providing procurement, kitting, storage, refurbishment and distribution for the building and installation of wind turbines. "With more and more wind projects coming on line in the U.S., we see this new facility in Wichita as a testament to our continued commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers and to the overall maturation of the U.S. wind industry," said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Americas business. "Much like Siemens' recently announced new wind service facility in Woodward, Oklahoma, the geographic location of the new Wichita distribution center will allow us to address our customers' installation and distribution needs in a cost-effective and timely manner." With 7 acres of outside storage, this location is able to handle the large installations of Duke Energy. The Ironwood wind project in Spearville is comprised of 73 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 168 MW to power more than 50,000 households in Kansas. Another Duke project, Cimarron II, which is scheduled to be commissioned in May 2012, will include 57 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines supplied by Siemens. This distribution center is the second in the country but the 11th facility related to Siemens' wind power business in the U.S. Others include the company's recently opened nacelle assembly plant in nearby Hutchinson, Kansas; a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa; a service and distribution facility in Woodward, Oklahoma, opening in December; service centers in Goldendale, Washington, and Houston, Texas; an R&D center in Boulder, Colorado; two gearbox factories in Elgin, Illinois; an offshore office in Boston, Massachusetts; and the company's Americas headquarters in Orlando, Florida. In the U.S., Siemens has installed wind turbines with a combined capacity of more than 4,600 MW in the U.S., which is enough to supply power to more than 1.4 million homes.