ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company set to be spun off by General Electric will build hundreds of turbines for the largest wind project in the Western Hemisphere, part of a major equipment order and long-term service agreement with global renewables. – energy giant Pattern Energy.
GE Vernova officials announced the deal Tuesday, making it the company’s largest onshore wind turbine order, both in terms of quantity and the amount of electricity the 674 turbines will produce when the SunZia Wind Project starts operating in 2026.
Construction is already underway on the SunZia wind farm and a multibillion-dollar transmission line that will transmit electricity to populated markets in the western United States. Pattern Energy announced a few weeks ago that it had closed $11 billion in financing for the projects.
Fans see Sunzia — described as energy infrastructure larger than the Hoover Dam — as a major project. The venture has raised significant financial capital and is poised to increase the percentage of the nation’s electricity coming from renewable sources amid increasing state and federal energy mandates.
Still some Native American tribes and environmentalists are concerned about the location of the 50-mile (80-kilometer) segment of the transmission line that will run through Arizona’s San Pedro Valley. The federal government had already approved the deployment, but tribal leaders said more consultation was needed.
In December, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that the private sector has invested more than $180 billion in new or expanded clean energy generation projects across the country over the past three years, including spending to develop larger, higher capacity. wind turbines. GE was among the companies that benefited from tax credits included in the federal Inflation Reduction Act.
However, after record year-over-year growth, the American Clean Power industry group is waiting less land-based wind will be added Enough to power about 2.7 million to 3 million homes in the United States by the end of the year.
Although companies now benefit from government incentives, bringing projects online could take years, the industry group said.
The SunZia Wind Project will span three counties of rural New Mexico. Crews are already building the concrete platforms that will support the turbines, and developers expect the first turbines to go up this fall.
Pattern Energy CEO Hunter Armistead said the project will be key to a cleaner, more reliable grid for customers in the western United States. long-term power purchase agreements With Shell Energy North America and the University of California for part of the electricity to be produced.
“Construction at SunZia is in full swing, using American-made turbine components and creating thousands of good-paying new jobs — a big win for the growing clean energy economy,” Armistead said.
GE Vernova will open its factory in Pensacola, Florida, as well as tower manufacturing operations in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas, for the large order. In total, 15 suppliers are on board to provide the necessary parts to make each turbine.
Vic Abate, president and CEO of the company’s wind business, called the venture historic.
“This project demonstrates GE Vernova’s ability to deliver on our business strategy in onshore wind – producing a large number of fewer options at scale to ensure fleet quality and reliability for our customers,” he said.
In total, the company has more than 55,000 turbines installed worldwide.
The company has been working with Pattern Energy for the past 18 months on site plans designed to maximize turbine performance in central New Mexico and ensure the supply chain meets production requirements.
GE Vernova consultants are also working on the transmission line interconnection, and the company’s finance arm has provided a tax share credit commitment to help shore up the project’s financing.
The story has been updated to correct that GE Vernova will be spun off by General Electric, not a spinoff of GE.