A week after GE's Largest Wind Turbine Order, Siemens Gets Its Largest Too

Siemens AG announced that it has closed a huge deal with the Iowa utility MidAmerican Energy for 258 wind turbines to be installed at three Iowa wind farms. The deal is the largest-ever onshore wind turbine order for Siemens.

Together, the 258 turbines will generate almost 600 megawatt of clean electrical power, enough to power 190,000 homes. General Electric got its largest wind turbine order ever last week, for a total capacity of 845MW.

MidAmerican Energy Holdings is a listed subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway, which owns an 89 percent stake in the company.

"[W]e are proud to partner with [MidAmerican Energy] as they continue to install generating capacity using the wind resources of Iowa, the state with the highest percentage of wind energy generation in its mix," said Rene Umlauft, CEO of Siemens Renewable Energy Division.

Nacelles, which essentially are power trains, for the turbines are being made in Siemen's Hutchinson, Kansas, manufacturing plant that opened earlier this year. The turbine blades are manufactured in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Siemens’ Hutchinson plant, projected to create about 400 jobs, is one of four major investments in Kansas wind energy to which manufacturers have committed since state legislators in 2009 authorized up to $5 million in various manufacturing incentives in addition to already-existing tax credits, sales tax exemptions, training and other economic development incentives.

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