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World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Order
December 16, 2013 - Siemens Energy confirmed that the 1,050-megawatt (MW) wind turbine order it recently received from MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world. The news was announced at a commemoration event at Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Siemens Fort Madison plant manager, Tony McDowell said “This isn’t just a ‘big day’ for Fort Madison, local vendors, suppliers and material providers, our employees from the tri-state area, everyone should share in the pride we have in building over 9,000 blades. Siemens not only impacts the economy in SE Iowa; our contribution to renewable energy will have an impact on the environment for generations to come.”
Since its opening in 2006, Siemens has invested more than $100 million to turn its facilities into an advanced manufacturing facility. The factory put out its first blade in 2007, was expanded in 2008 and currently employs approximately 500 people.
“It is great to have an Iowa-based energy company placing the world’s largest onshore order for wind turbines in a facility that has produced more than 9,000 blades since the plant began operations in 2007.” stated Iowa Governor Branstad “Together, these companies (MidAmerican Energy and Siemens) continue to greatly benefit Iowa’s economy and demonstrate the state’s commitment to renewable energy.”
If placed end to end, the blades of this one order would reach 45 miles, roughly from Keokuk to Burlington. MidAmerican Energy’s order consists of 448 Siemens wind turbines for five project sites which, together, will deliver 1,050 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015.