GE tapped to supply turbines for 400-MW Texas Wind Project

New Generation Power Texas said May 21 that it has signed a contract with General Electric (NYSE: GE) for the supply of 235 wind turbines and related services for its 400-MW Texas Wind Project.

Construction began in December 2013 and the project will be built out over two phases. The project is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2015 to qualify for the federal production tax credit (PTC).

“We are pleased to announce our selection for GE to supply 235 turbines model GE 1.7-103 and related services for the 400 MW Texas Wind Project,” said Ania Kuna, Executive Vice President of NGP. “Evaluating project risk and performance upfront is critical. GE’s wealth of experience and sophisticated technology proves to have world-class efficiency and power output to ensure project success.”

GE performed a mechanical loads analysis (MLA) in order to determine the stability of the chosen wind turbines for the project. This data found that the GE 1.7-103 turbines were an ideal fit to produce optimum power output.

The GE wind turbines chosen for the Texas Wind Project by NGP are three-bladed, upwind, horizontal-axis wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 103 meters. The large rotor and advanced design with a hub height of 80 meters will help deliver optimum energy output.

“Since 2002, GE is proud to have invested more than $2 billion in research & development for renewable energy,” said Keith Longtin, General Manager of GE’s wind products. “We are thrilled to work with NGP Texas on 400 MW Texas Wind Project and supply them with our advanced technology 1.7-103 wind turbine.”

Efficiency calculations estimated an annual net energy production of 1,784.2 GWh/year with a net capacity factor of 50.5% on the 30,000-acre wind farm located in northwest Dallas.

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