GE to supply turbines for Pattern’s 180-MW wind project in British Columbia

General Electric (NYSE: GE) said July 30 that it will supply Pattern Development with 61 wind turbines for Pattern’s 180-MW Meikle wind project, located approximately 33 kilometers north of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace Region of British Columbia.

The 61 turbines will include 35 of GE’s 3.2-103 units and 26 of its 2.75-120 turbines, using a mixture of technologies to improve annual energy production across the site. Once operational, the 180-MW Meikle project will be the largest wind project in British Columbia and increase the installed wind power capacity in the province by 38%.

“At Pattern, we pride ourselves on being able to tackle challenging and complex projects that others believe to be too difficult or even impossible,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “We have worked with GE in the past, and the GE team and technology stepped up to the challenge at Meikle and helped provide us with an innovative and efficient solution to a complex site.”

“We love working on projects in complex locations because it affirms the viability of wind power,” said Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s renewable energy business. “Our goal at GE is to continue making wind power more widely available, and the Meikle wind project is an example of how sustained investment in technology can help unlock the value of wind in locations across the globe.”

The contract with Pattern includes a full service agreement provided by GE. Commercial operation of the Meikle project is expected to begin in late 2016.

Pattern Energy Group LP (known commonly as Pattern Development) is a leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets. With a long history in wind energy, Pattern Development’s highly-experienced team has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 4,000 MW of wind power projects. Pattern Development has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, Toronto, Santiago, Chile, and Tokyo, Japan.

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