Siemens Gamesa set for giga growth in US with major contract

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the massive 2,64 GW Dominion Energy Virginia Offshore Wind project in the USA, the largest offshore wind power project in the rapidly increasing US market to date. 

The final number of units and the turbine model remain to be determined but a long-term service and maintenance agreement is included.

“Signing this preferred supplier agreement with Dominion Energy attests to the enormously exciting growth taking place in the U.S. offshore wind industry and across the globe. We’re thrilled to have been chosen to support them in their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to once again do our part in combatting climate change on a global level,” states Markus Tacke, Siemens Gamesa CEO.

Once online, the project is expected to provide enough clean energy to power 650,000 homes, avoiding 3.7 million tons per year of carbon emissions compared to fossil fuel-based power generation, states SGRE.

The Dominion Energy offshore wind project in Virginia accounts for more than 10% of the US’s goal to add 25 GW of renewable energy by 2030. If the country succeeds in realizing that goal, 12 million average homes, or 10% of total US households, could be receiving clean energy by the end of the decade.

Test project

Wind energy has only just started to gain momentum in the US and the country still has a lot to learn, especially in comparison with Europe and Asia.

Dominion Energy and the state of Virginia are currently gaining that experience through the construction of a small, 12 MW coastal wind farm in the same area as the large 2,64 GW Dominion Energy Virginia Offshore Wind project is planned. Dominion Energy has contracted Orsted to lead the project.

The 12 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project is the first offshore wind project to be built in US Federal waters and will utilize two Siemens Gamesa’s 6-MW wind turbines. It is set to be online in 2020 within a research lease area adjacent to the site where the 2,64 GW project will be located.

The major Dominion Energy Virginia Offshore Wind project is expected to be completed by 2026 but construction is still subject to Dominion Energy’s final investment decision, governmental permitting, and other required approvals.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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