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Siemens has announced details about an order for the 182 MW Panhandle 2 wind power project, located in Carson County, Texas.

The company says the project will consist of 79 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Component deliveries will start in March, and commissioning of the turbines is scheduled for November. The deal also includes a service and maintenance agreement.

Pattern Development is developing the project, and Pattern Energy Group Inc. has committed to acquire the wind farm upon completion. In addition, internet giant Google recently announced a $75 million investment in the project.

“This is the eighth contract we’ve signed with Pattern for projects in the U.S., Canada and Chile,” notes Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Americas business.

“This order is further proof that the production tax credit drives U.S. manufacturing jobs, as the blades and nacelles for this project will be produced in our U.S. factories,” adds Albenze. The 237 rotor blades, with a length of 53 meters each, will be manufactured at the Siemens wind turbine blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, and the 79 nacelles will be assembled in Hutchinson, Kans.





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