General Electric Company (GE) has secured a contract from Akuo Energy USA to supply 56 GE 1.7-103 wind turbines for the Rocksprings Phase I wind farm in Val Verde County, Texas.
GE has also signed a full service agreement with Akuo Energy USA for long-term operation and maintenance of the wind farm.
Akuo Energy USA has begun construction at the Rocksprings wind farm project in December 2013. The wind farm is expected to commence operations in 2015.
With a targeted total installed capacity of 180MW, Rocksprings is Akuo Energy's first wind farm project to enter construction phase in the US. The wind farm is being developed in two phases.
Rocksprings is part of Akuo Energy's portfolio of projects currently under development totalling more than 1GW in the US, primarily in wind power but also in solar power.
Akuo Energy USA CEO Brice Yharrassarry said that the company have inked two major contractual agreements for the Rocksprings project, paving way for project financing in the second trimester of 2014.
"GE is a global supplier to Akuo Energy with two previous turbine and service agreements in Turkey and in Montenegro for a total installed capacity of 172MW. We look forward to working with GE on this third contract, which is our first project in the US," Yharrassarry said.
In April 2014, GE announced the Indian launch of its 1.7-103 wind turbine, the company's first wind turbine developed and engineered specifically for India's low wind speed conditions.
GE claims that the 1.7-103 turbine provides 30% increase in annual energy production compared to its predecessor, the 1.6-82.5 wind turbine.
Image: First foundations of the turbines of Rocksprings wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Akuo Energy USA