GE Inks 1-GW in Service Deals, Offers Extreme Cold Weather Capabilities for 2.5xl Turbine

North American GE 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine owners have signed three customized operations and maintenance (O&M) agreements with GE for projects encompassing over 600 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines located in diverse environments across North America.

With service capabilities ranging from remote monitoring and diagnostics to on-site support, GE’s service program for GE 1.5 MW units provides support to enhance and maintain turbine performance through the lifecycle of the unit.

Several customers have recently signed long term O&M agreements with GE Energy, including BP Alternative Energy North America Inc., Wind Capital Group and Padoma Wind Power LLC:

  • BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. signed a customized O&M agreement that covers 412 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines that will be installed in the U.S.
  • Wind Capital Group’s Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm, will receive five years of operation support for 100 GE 1.5xle wind turbines to be delivered in 2011.
  • GE also signed a five-year extension to existing O&M contract with Padoma Wind Power for 100 1.5 MW turbines at the Langford Wind Farm in Texas.

GE Energy also said this week that its most advanced wind turbine, the 2.5xl, is now available with a Cold Weather Extreme (CWE) package. The addition of the CWE package ensures that the 2.5xl wind turbine can operate in temperatures as low as -30°C, and in survival mode without operation, at temperatures as low as -40°C.

GE made the announcement at CanWEA 2009, sponsored by the Canadian Wind Energy Association. The CWE package is especially important for wind turbines that operate in Canada where cold temperatures are common. Earlier this year, GE announced that the 2.5xl, already proven in applications in Europe and Asia, will be launched in North America in 2010.

The CWE package originally was developed for GE’s 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine and has been adapted for the 2.5xl, which is the latest evolution of the company’s wind turbine technology.

“With more than 4,400 wind turbines on cold weather sites, GE is very experienced with operating wind turbines under challenging conditions,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Energy.

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