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01/04/2021 | Press release | Archived content

GE Renewable Energy Announces 1050 MW Order for Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit Wind Farms

  • Agreement includes 377 2 MW turbines
  • Will power the equivalent of 590,000 US homes
  • Western Spirit Wind farms combined with new and existing transmission lines will help New Mexico reach its renewable energy goals
  • GE Energy Financial Services underwrote and has committed to provide tax equity to the project
  • GE Energy Consulting is providing critical grid modeling and analysis

Schenectady, NY, Jan 4, 2021: GE Renewable Energy today announced a 1050 MW order for Pattern Energy's Western Spirit Wind farms in New Mexico. The 377-turbine order will power the equivalent of more than 590,000 homes. The agreement also includes a 10-year full-service agreement (FSA).

Western Spirit Wind will utilize turbines ranging from 2.3-2.8 in nameplate rating and will utilize various tower heights to optimize the wind capture for the project. Turbine deliveries have begun, with commercial operation planned before the end of 2021.

Tim White, CEO of GE Renewable Energy for Onshore Americas, said: 'GE Renewable Energy is delighted to work with Pattern Energy on the Western Spirit Wind project, and continue our strong relationship. 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. We are proud to be a part of helping New Mexico work toward its renewable energy goals.'

Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, said: 'Our turbine order with GE Renewable Energy is 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. Western Spirit Wind and the Western Spirit Transmission Line will bring more than a thousand construction jobs to New Mexico and billions of dollars in economic benefit, while creating a significant new source of clean power.'

GE Energy Consulting provided a range of power system and equipment studies to Pattern Energy supporting the new transmission line, substations, series capacitor bank, and wind farm being installed. These studies are used to evaluate, size, and specify the transmission and power equipment and ensure proper operation of the overall system once installed.

GE Energy Financial Services underwrote and will provide a portion of the tax equity to the project.

Gaurav Raniwala, Global Head of Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services, said, 'Working with Pattern Energy on Western Spirit Wind demonstrates that GE can bring comprehensive solutions, including best-in-class wind turbine technology and financial services expertise, which enable customer success and timely closing of significant U.S. wind projects.'

GE's turbines will be used for Pattern Energy's suite of Western Spirit Wind projects, which now comprise over 1,000 MW of New Mexico wind energy slated for construction later this year, alongside construction of the Western Spirit Transmission Line, which is owned by the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and being co-developed by Pattern Energy.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With more than 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
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About Pattern Energy
Pattern Energy is one of the world's largest privately-owned developers and operators of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects. Its operational portfolio includes 28 renewable energy facilities that use proven, best-in-class technology with an operating capacity of 4.4 GW in the United States, Canada and Japan. Pattern Energy is guided by a long-term commitment to serve customers, protect the environment, and strengthen communities. For more information, visit www.patternenergy.com.

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Becky Norton
Communications, Onshore Wind Americas & Digital Services
GE Renewable Energy
+1 518 522 8832
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