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Siemens Receives Major Order For Oklahoma Wind Project

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The Siemens plant in Hutchinson has won the contract to build and maintain 130 wind turbines in Kay County, Oklahoma. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kay Wind project will be located two hours north of Oklahoma City. The nacelles, or covers, that house all of the generating components of a wind turbine, will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson. The blades will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Iowa.

The project is expected to create enough clean energy to power approximately 100,000 average U.S. homes annually. Power produced at the site will be purchased by Westar Energy and Oklahoma's Grand River Dam Authority. Westar has contracted to buy 200 of the wind farm’s 299 megawatts of electrical generation.

Installation of the wind turbines will begin this year, with the start of operations expected for the fourth quarter of 2015.