General Electric supplies turbines for 250-MW Colorado wind project

General Electric (NYSE: GE) will supply Golden West Power Partners LLC with 147 of its GE 1.7-100 brilliant wind turbines for the Golden West Wind Farm in El Paso County, Colo.

Once operational, the Golden West Wind Farm will produce 249.9 MW, GE noted in a Nov. 21 statement.

“GE’s brilliant 1.7-100 wind turbines are a good fit for the Golden West Wind Farm due to their ability to provide increased annual energy production. Our wind farm will generate a cleaner source of power while bringing jobs to the region and additional support for El Paso County roads, schools and infrastructure,” said Matthew Cumberworth Sr., director wind, Golden West Power Partners. “GE’s machines will help us provide Colorado with much needed power without carbon emissions and without water usage.”

The Golden West Wind Farm will help meet Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard, which requires 30% of the state’s power to come from renewable sources by 2020. The power from the project will be sold to Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) subsidiary, via a 25-year power purchase agreement.

GE will provide start up and commissioning services and said that it is finalizing an agreement to provide operations and maintenance through a five-year operations support agreement for the Golden West Wind Farm. GE will also provide 24/7 remote monitoring and diagnostics through its remote operations center in Schenectady, N.Y.

“Our 1.7-100 brilliant wind turbines will help Golden West Power Partners LLC and turn one of our most abundant natural resources into a source of power for citizens of Colorado,” said Keith Longtin, general manager of wind products for GE’s renewable energy business.

Said the Golden West website about this project: “Golden West Power Partners, LLC is planning to construct the 250 MW wind energy project, right here in eastern El Paso County. The Golden West Project will consist of 147 General Electric’s 1.7 100 (rotor diameter) 80m (hub height) turbines, project roads, electrical collector system, and an operation and maintenance building. Golden West intends to start construction of the wind farm in mid 2014 with a commercial operation date of June 2015. Power from the wind farm will be connected to the Jackson Fuller substation in southeast Colorado Springs and power from the farm will be sold to Xcel Energy.”

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