Schenectady, N.Y., August 1, 2011 — GE and Wind Capital Group have inked deals for 228 wind turbines and the accompanying operations and maintenance services for projects in Oklahoma and Kansas.
This pair of projects will provide more than 350 MW of renewable energy for the Midwestern U.S. and create jobs and economic stimulus for local landowners and surrounding communities.
GE will supply 94 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines for the Osage project in Oklahoma, which will provide power to Associated Electric CoOps Inc., and 134 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Post Rock project in Kansas, which will supply power to Westar. The GE wind turbines for both projects are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2012.
The two new projects will increase Wind Capital Group's U.S. wind power footprint to more than half a gigawatt.
The Osage project in Oklahoma will use GE's advanced 1.6-100 wind turbine, which is the world's most efficient wind turbine when taking into account capacity factor in wind class.
GE's 1.6-100 features a 100-meter rotor diameter and offers a 47 percent increase in swept area, resulting in an 18 percent increase in annual energy production compared to the previous models.
The GE 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Post Rock project in Kansas are members of GE's family of 1.5 machines, the most widely deployed megawatt class wind turbine in the wind industry with more than 16,500 installed worldwide.