The Siemens plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently celebrated the completion of its 700th generator, which is destined for Duke Energy's W.S. Lee Combined Cycle Plant in Anderson County, South Carolina.

In addition to the hydrogen-cooled generator, the Duke Energy facility will feature other generators and gas turbine products also made at the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub. The Duke Energy power plant is expected to be operational in 2017.

"The completion of our 700th generator marks a special milestone for Siemens in Charlotte," said Tjeerd Ploeger, global head of generator manufacturing. "I am pleased to recognize and congratulate our talented and dedicated employees for their hard work in making this impressive manufacturing achievement possible. From our first generator to our 700th, we have placed a strong focus on innovation, and that commitment will continue as we work to deliver reliable, efficient equipment for our customers."

The first generator built at the Charlotte facility shipped on May 21, 1997, to a Mid-Georgia cogeneration plant near Kathleen, Georgia. Since then, Siemens' Charlotte Energy Hub facility has delivered units to more than 40 countries. The generators have a combined rating of more than 185 gigawatts, which is enough electricity to power more than 148 million homes per year.

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