Atlanta, Georgia [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] GE Energy has received a contract of more than $350 million to supply 167 of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to Third Planet Windpower, LLC, a developer of wind projects throughout the U.S.
The new machines will be used in new wind farms that the company is developing in Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming.
According to a press release issued by GE, wind turbine suppliers are facing a heavy demand for their equipment. By signing the purchase agreement with GE Energy now, Third Planet Windpower is assured that the turbines will be available for the 2009 projects. The machines will be manufactured at GE’s facilities in Greenville, S.C. with shipments beginning in May of 2009.
“Our 1.5-megawatt wind turbine technology continues to be selected for projects across the U.S., to help meet the growing demand for cleaner, wind-generated electricity,” said Victor Abate, vice president-renewables for GE Energy. “To date, more than 6,500 of these machines have been shipped or committed for projects worldwide.”
Third Planet Windpower (TPW) was established in 2006 to develop, acquire, own and operate a diversified portfolio of wind generation assets. The company has 20 projects under development, comprising more than 7,500 megawatts.
GE’s wind turbine technology is a key element of ecomagination, the GE corporate-wide initiative to address challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water.