Champions of change
How EDF Renewables and Siemens Gamesa are re-imagining a wind-powered America
Orlando / 1 October 2020
Carbon neutrality is a bold change, one that can minimize the impact of the climate crisis. Both EDF Renewables and Siemens Gamesa are leading the way and setting an example for others to follow: EDF by targeting carbon neutrality by 2050 and Siemens Gamesa by targeting net-zero emissions by 2050. The companies share a vision of a sustainable future powered by clean, affordable energy, made possible through partnership and innovation. The Oso Grande and Coyote projects in the U.S. exemplify this strong collaboration with EDF Renewables becoming the first customer to deploy the Siemens Gamesa 4.X onshore platform in the US.
This sense of urgency is shared by Siemens Gamesa, who achieved carbon neutrality in late 2019. Both companies are signatories of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C coalition and Siemens Gamesa has recently had its science-based target verified by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), aiming for significant carbon emission reductions by 2025. This enables the company to achieve its net-zero ambition by 2050.
“Last year, we were selected for the Oso Grande and Coyote wind farms. It was a defining moment in our U.S. partnership. We not only doubled our installed capacity with EDF Renewables, but also secured the country’s first order for the SG 4.5-145 wind turbine,” observes Danielle Kessinger, Sales Manager – Western U.S., Siemens Gamesa. “A proactive approach to identifying opportunities, working with the EDF
Siemens Gamesa connected with EDF Renewables at every level, from the company’s BOP contractors and project teams, to the leadership. The EDF Renewables team and the BOP contractor attended the SG 4.5-145 pre-assembly test at Ágreda, Spain in December 2019, where the first units for Oso Grande were manufactured. The team was taken through the different steps in the manufacturing process and testing. They also attended the second prototype installation in Denmark.
“The EDF Renewables team understands how wind works. They have clear goals and are hands-on. Together, we’ve minimized the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns to ensure the commercial operations date is not impacted for either project. Our focus now is to get the turbines up and running,” adds Moreira.