Invenergy, GE announce world’s second-largest wind farm in Oklahoma
July 29, 2017 – Renewable energy company Invenergy in collaboration with GE Renewable Energy has announced a 2,000MW wind farm in Oklahoma, US that will be the largest in the US and second-largest in the world when operational.
The wind farm will feature 800 GE 2.5MW turbines and is expected to connect more than 1.1 million South Central US customers with cost-saving wind energy harvested from Oklahoma.
Construction on the facility started in 2016. The wind farm is scheduled to become operational by 2020. Invenergy has been awarded contract to operate the facility for the first five years.
The facility is part of the $4.5bn Wind Catcher Energy Connection which also comprises an about 350-mile dedicated, extra-high voltage power line.
American Electric Power (AEP) utility subsidiaries Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co (SWEPCO) have urged utility regulators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to acquire the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion of construction and to build the power line to serve PSO and SWEPCO’s more than 1.1 million customers.
Invenergy founder and CEO Michael Polsky said: “Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at giga scale.
“This project reflects Invenergy’s innovative spirit and unparalleled execution ability, and we are proud to be working with forward-looking utilities like PSO and SWEPCO whose customers and communities will benefit from this project for decades to come.”
The project is expected to create about 4,000 direct and 4,400 indirect jobs per year during construction and 80 permanent jobs once the wind farm becomes operational.