GE, Invenergy target 2GW giant
American Electric Power to buy 800-turbine Wind Catcher on completion
US developer Invenergy is teaming up with GE to build the world’s second largest wind farm, the 2GW Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma.
The scheme will feature 800 of the US manufacturing giant’s 2.5MW turbines and will also include a 350-mile dedicated high voltage power line.
American Electric Power is seeking permission from regulators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to purchase the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion and to build the power line.
“Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at giga-scale,” said Invenergy founder and chief executive Michael Polsky.
“This project reflects Invenergy’s innovative spirit and unparalleled execution ability and we are proud to be working with forward-looking utilities whose customers and communities will benefit from this project for decades to come,” he added.
Turbines will be GE latest model, "designed to enhance siting efficiency, offer industry-leading reliability and allow for higher energy production”, said the partners. Nacelles and hubs will be built in the US.
Initial construction at Wind Catcher started last year and the project will be fully operational in mid-2020.