When combined with the new greenfield 145 MW Aragonne Mesa Wind project, the total wind farm output will increase to 235 MW.
As a part of this effort, GE will be providing a total of 86 2.x-127 and 2.3-116 wind turbine generators (WTG) to Leeward. The Aragonne Wind repower will replace the project’s 90 existing units with new WTG technology, resulting in increased performance and reliability. The projects are anticipated to be completed in late 2021.
Aragonne is GE’s third new WTG supply contract with Leeward in the last 24 months—totalling nearly 500 MW - following agreements for Mountain Breeze Wind in Colorado and Lone Tree Wind in Illinois, which were both completed in 2020. Additionally, GE has worked with Leeward on multiple repower contracts for the company’s Sweetwater projects in Texas, totalling nearly 280 MW.
“GE Renewable Energy has a long-standing relationship with Leeward, with GE wind turbine technology powering many of their wind farms” said Tim White, GE Renewable Energy’s CEO for Onshore Americas. “We are delighted to work together again on the Aragonne projects, significantly increasing the wind farm’s energy output and helping to deliver even more affordable and sustainable renewable energy to their customers.”
The US wind market continues to be strong. GE Renewable Energy was recognised by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US in 2019. Of the total onshore wind installed nationwide through September 2020, AWEA reported that the company captured 60 percent of new capacity additions as well as 50 percent of projects under construction or in advanced development.