Siemens Government Technologies has won a $55 million contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to build a five-turbine wind farm at Pantex Plant, according to a Amarillo Globe-News article.
“The NNSA’s goal was to turn Texas wind into energy, and we have overcome numerous hurdles in implementing the contracting strategy,” said Steve Erhart, manager of NNSA’s production office.
Siemens will operate the turn-key wind farm system for 20 years with an annual energy production guarantee on 1,500 acres of land.
The contract includes a five-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement with operating and maintenance options from years six through 10.
According to NNSA officials, the government will pay Siemens directly from the value of the guaranteed energy savings generated by the farm.
NNSA officials said the wind farm is expected to produce about 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity or more than 60 percent of Pantex’s annual energy needs, saving taxpayers an average $2.9 million yearly over the contract’s 20-year term.
Work is expected to begin in December and to be completed by March 2014, the article said.
NNSA officials added that the wind farm will also provide research opportunities for Texas Tech University, under a project financed by an unidentified third party.