GE Renewable Energy will supply 377 of its 2-MW wind turbines to Pattern Energy for the Western Spirit Wind farms development in New Mexico. The project involves four wind farms to generate a total of 1,050 MW of electricity, described as equivalent to supply over 590,000 homes.
GE did not report the value of the order, though with the 2-MW turbines worth $3-4 million per unit, it could exceed $1.3 billion. However, the contract also includes a 10-year full-service agreement.
Western Spirit Wind will use turbines ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 MW and various tower heights to optimize wind capture for the project.
Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland called the order, “the next step in building one of the largest wind-power facilities in New Mexico, helping the state to become a major renewable energy producer.”
Turbine deliveries have begun, and commercial operation is planned to start before the end of 2021.
“GE’s 2 MW platform is extremely well suited to the region, with 98%+ availability to help ensure the reliability of sustainable, affordable, renewable energy delivery to the region,” according to Tim White, CEO of GE Renewable Energy for Onshore Americas.