Pattern Energy has signed an agreement with Siemens to construct the 150-MW Amazon Wind Farm in Fowler, Indiana. Siemens will provide 65 wind turbines for the project and will support the installation starting from this July. The project is expected to start generating power in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) led the construction financing for this project, committing $150 million. SFS’s early involvement in structuring a unique financing solution that other lenders could not provide was integral in closing the order and allowing Pattern to move forward with the project. Siemens also partnered with Pattern Energy to supply 67 state-of-the-art Mount Generation Step Up (GSU) Transformers for the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge).
“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.
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, said, "This project will use new Siemens wind turbines with blades, towers, nacelles and transformers that are made in America.”
The project will feature Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53-meter blades. The wind turbines are port of Siemens’ G2 platform of onshore geared products which features high-performance and low operational costs. In addition, the nacelles and hubs for the project will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. The blades will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The transformers will be manufactured at the Siemens’ transformer facility in Richland, Mississippi.
Power produced at the site of the 150-MW project will be purchased by Amazon to supply electricity to the electric grids that service its Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) datacenters.