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Pattern Energy Group Inc. has awarded Siemens 10-year wind service agreements encompassing over 400 onshore wind turbines in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Combined, the scope of these long-term contracts represents one of Siemens' largest agreements with a single customer in North America.

"This is an important milestone in the continued maturation of the wind industry in North America," comments Tim Holt, CEO of Service Renewables, a business unit of the Siemens Energy Service division. "As more and more wind energy is placed into service, our commitment is to provide long-term added value to customers like Pattern Energy in order to help them realize favorable performance throughout the turbines’ lifecycle.”

Siemens will provide the long-term service and maintenance, as well as technology updates, for six Pattern Energy wind projects with a combined output of over 930 MW.

The current operating projects included in the new service agreements are Pattern Energy’s 138 MW St. Joseph Wind project in southern Manitoba with 60 SWT 2.3-101 turbines; 152 MW Spring Valley Wind in eastern Nevada with 66 SWT-2.3-101 turbines; 265 MW Ocotillo Wind in Southern California with 112 SWT-2.3s-108 units; 101 MW Hatchet Ridge Wind in northern California with 44 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines; and 101 MW Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico with 44 SWT-2.3-108 units.

Siemens says these projects are also slated to receive a variety of modernization and upgrade solutions such as the company’s Power Curve Upgrade, a combination of add-on components designed to help improve the aerodynamic performance of installed turbines.

In addition to the projects currently in operation, Siemens has signed a 10-year service agreement for the 182 MW Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas, which will feature 79 SWT-2.3-108 turbines and Pattern Energy has agreed to acquire when the project reaches operation later this year.

Siemens says it currently provides service and maintenance for more than 3,100 installed wind turbines in the Americas region and more than 7,600 globally, with a combined generating capacity of approximately 17 GW.

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