GE Energy has signed an agreement with Invenergy to supply 23MW of advanced solar equipment for its Grand Ridge Solar project, which is currently under construction in Illinois, US.
Under the terms of the agreement, Invenergy will install the solar equipment at its Grand Ridge Solar project, located adjacent to the company's Grand Ridge wind project.
Invenergy president and CEO Michael Polsky said advancements in technology have made solar power a more competitive solution.
"Having installed over 1,500 of GE's wind turbines at projects across the US, integrating GE's solar technology is a natural fit," he said.
Upon completion in mid-2012, Grand Ridge Solar will be the largest solar farm in the Midwest.
GE renewable energy business vice president Victor Abate added: "Invenergy again has established itself as a market leader by bringing its development capabilities to both wind and solar projects. At GE, we are uniquely able to partner on both wind and solar projects with customers like Invenergy."
In addition to the supply of thin film solar panels, GE also will supply packaged inverter skids that include brilliance inverters, transformers and re-combiners, as well as GE SunIQ plant controls.
The SunIQ platform is expected to enhance the grid integration capability of the solar plant.
Invenergy, owns and operates the Grand Ridge wind facility, where 140 units of GE's 1.5MW wind turbines provide 210MW of power.
Image: Solar panels lower total system costs by reducing the amount of racking and electrical components required. Photo: courtesy of Graur Codrin