E.ON embarks on first U.S. wind farm repowering project

E.ON is partnering with GE to repower its Panther Creek I and Panther Creek II wind farms in west Texas. The repowering includes replacement of a significant portion of the components, effectively increasing annual production for all 172 wind turbine generators, totaling 258 MW, on the sites.

“We’re excited to embark on our first repowering project in the U.S.,” said Silvia Ortin, chief operating officer, North America and E.ON climate & renewables board member. “The repowering of our Panther Creek wind farms provides us with the opportunity to increase lifetime earnings from the sites. In addition, it allows us to capture up-to-date turbine efficiency improvements and a resulting increase in power generation.”

E.ON says this is also the largest repowering project the company has undertaken. “We expect this trend to continue as we see our turbine fleet mature,” said Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, chief executive officer, E.ON Climate & Renewables. “While our Panther Creek wind farms have been excellent performers for us in the past, this project allows us to improve reliability while gaining valuable lessons learned for any future repowering activities.”

The erection and commissioning of the project will be conducted by GE as part of the equipment delivery contract and is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2019, according to a press release.

Panther Creek I came online in September 2008 and consists of 95 GE 1.5-MW SLE turbines for a total of 142.5 MW. It is the first of a three-phase project in west Texas and is located in Howard and Glasscock counties.

Panther Creek II came online in December 2008 and consists of 77 GE 1.5-MW SLE turbines for a total of 115.5 MW. Its footprint spans parts of Glasscock and Sterling counties, Texas.

E.ON is an international investor-owned energy company, focusing entirely on energy networks, customer solutions and renewables.

GE Renewable Energy has energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry, combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power.

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Elizabeth Ingram is senior editor of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines and conference committee chair for HydroVision International. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the magazine publishing industry, with more than nine of those spent in hydro.

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