GE gets order for turbines for Horse Creek wind farm project in Texas

The GE Renewable Energy unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced Jan. 20 that in December it secured 1.4 GW of firm and unconditional wind turbine supply orders, including an order for a wind project in Texas.

The agreements call for GE’s wind technology to supply more than 20 new wind projects across seven different countries. About half of the planned 1.4 GW is scheduled to be installed outside the United States.

“We continue to focus on driving global growth for our business, and the international scope of these deals reflects that effort,” said Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind business. “We are pleased to see customers adopting our newest hardware and software turbine technologies, and we have built a strong backlog heading into 2016.”

In the United States, Lincoln Clean Energy and Starwood have selected GE’s new 2.3-116 turbines for the Horse Creek wind farm, a 230-MW project in northern Texas, GE said. In addition to utilizing GE’s new 2 MW turbine platform, the site has also established a full services agreement and will benefit from GE’s Digital Wind Farm capabilities.

The flurry of deal activity follows the recent launch of GE Renewable Energy, a new business unit the company introduced in November after completion of the acquisition of Alstom’s renewable energy group. The acquisition expanded GE’s European wind turbine installed base by approximately 50% and grew its global wind footprint to more than 30,000 turbines worldwide.

Electric Transmission Texas in September 2015 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a First Amended and Restated ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Horse Creek Wind LLC. The contact information in the SGIA is for Lincoln Clean Energy.

The project developer’s Panadero Substation will be located about 16 miles east of Haskell, Texas. Once the permanent facilities are completed and energized, the permanent Point of Interconnection will be located at the dead-end structure inside ETT’s Smoky Hill 345-kV Station that terminates Horse Creek Wind 345-kV transmission line from the substation. This is a nominal 230-MW facility comprised of 100 General Electric turbines at 2.3 MW each, the SGIA said. No specific commercial operation date is mentioned in the agreement, with that date dependent on when certain steps are taken in the interconnection process.

A project contact is: Horse Creek Wind LLC, Neil O’Donovan, 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60611, 78403, phone 602-321-6878, nodonovan@lincolnclean.com.

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