GE Renewable Energy has contracted to provide onshore wind turbines for the 1485MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities in Oklahoma, its largest single onshore order to date. Under the agreement GE will deliver 492 x 2.X-127 units and 39 x 2.X-116 units turbines with varying nameplates and hub heights.
The North Central Wind Energy Facilities is a group of three wind farms in north central Oklahoma being developed by Invenergy. They are 999 MW Traverse Wind, the 287 MW Maverick, and the 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Centres. Invenergy completed construction financing for the Traverse Wind Energy Centre, the largest in the country, earlier this month. Maverick and Sundance, which reached financial close in December 2020, will be completed in 2021 and Traverse in 2022. All three projects will be owned by American Electric Power (AEP) upon completion.
GE Renewable Energy was recognised by the American Clean Power Association (ACP) as the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US in 2020, for the third year in a row. Of the total onshore wind installed nationwide, ACPA reported that GE technology was deployed in 53% of new capacity additions, as well as in 31% of new projects under construction or in advanced development that have selected an OEM.
GE Energy Financial Services invested in the Traverse project during the construction phase and provided creative structuring to enable financing of this build-transfer project.