GE receives order for Western Spirit Wind farms in New Mexico

5 January 2021 (Last Updated January 5th, 2021 11:46)

GE Renewable Energy has secured a 1050MW wind turbine order from Pattern Energy. These will supply its Western Spirit wind farms, located in New Mexico.

GE receives order for Western Spirit Wind farms in New Mexico
Pattern Energy will use 377 turbines from GE, as well as other service contracts. Credit: Pattern Energy.

GE Renewable Energy has secured a 1050MW wind turbine order from Pattern Energy. These will supply its Western Spirit wind farms, located in New Mexico.

Under the contract GE Renewable Energy will supply 377 turbines. Deliveries have already started, and commercial operations will begin before the end of this year.

The turbines will be installed across a suite of Western Spirit Wind projects. These comprise more than 1GW of New Mexico wind energy entering construction later this year. The turbines will power 590,000 homes.

The Western Spirit Transmission Line will also begin construction this year. New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority owns this project, which Pattern Energy will co-develop.

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland 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.”

For this project, GE Energy Financial Services has underwritten and agreed to provide tax equity, while GE Energy Consulting will offer critical grid modelling and analysis. GE Renewable Energy has also signed a ten-year full-service turbine maintenance agreement with Pattern Energy.

In December last year, GE Renewable Energy secured a contract to supply its Haliade-X turbines for Dogger Bank C, the 1.2GW third phase of the 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm.