Siemens Gamesa will increase the annual amount of energy produced at the wind farms of NextEra Energy Resources in Texas (US) by up to 25%. As a result, it will boost their profitability and efficiency, as well as extend their useful life, the company said.
The two wind farms have SWT-2.3-93 turbine models which will be updated to the SWT.2.3-108 model, which has greater unit power. The project will foreseeably be completed at the end of the year and the wind farms will remain operational throughout the whole process.
For Link Securities, this contract is part of the growing segment involving repowering mature wind farms. It reflects the increase in efficiency and the technological development which the wind energy sector has seen. Also the improvement in wind energy’s competitiveness compared with other sources of conventional energy in the last few years.
This increasing competitiveness should ensure solid future demand in the sector, irrespective of there being incentives from the Public Administration, and so more stable.
Siemens-Gamesa has developed a programme for integral repowering, which ranges from advice on location, as well as the financing and planning, construction and operational and maintenance services.
At the same time, the company has an option for improving the electrical and electronic components of the wind turbines supplied by others, which allows for an improvement in the wind farms productivity and performance.
The person in charge of Siemens-Gamesa’s Onshore business in North America, Jacob Andersen, highlights that the firm’s repowering plan “optimises its clients assets and extends their useful life, thus contributing to maximising the value of their investments.”
For his part, the Chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources has flagged that Siemens-Gamesa is “an excellent partner”, which it will collaborate with in these “important projects”.