GE Renewable Energy has been selected as the turbine supplier for Invenergy LLC’s 1,485-MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities project in Oklahoma.
The wind farm cluster includes three individual schemes – the 999-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center, the 287-MW Maverick Wind Energy Center and the 199-MW Sundance Wind Energy Center. GE will equip the plants with 492 of the 2.X-127s turbines and 39 2.X-116 machines with varying nameplates and hub heights.
All three wind farms are currently under construction and Sundance and Maverick are expected to be completed in 2021, while Traverse is planned to become operational in early 2022. The combined capital investment for the trio is estimated at USD 2 billion (EUR 1.7bn). Upon completion, AEP will assume ownership of the three plants to serve customers of subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).
Prior to this, Invenergy closed construction financing for the 999-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center, in which GE Energy Financial Services is an investor.
REGlobal’s View: GE Renewable Energy continues to be the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US and the aforementioned deal is another example of its leadership. According to sources, GE technology was deployed in 53 per cent of new capacity additions, as well as in 31 per cent of new projects under construction or in advanced development that have selected an OEM.