E.ON, GE ink 300 MW deal for two Illinois wind farms

Schenectady, N.Y.—September 6, 2011—GE will supply 300 MW of its latest wind turbine technology including operation and maintenance services for the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County, Illinois, and the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois and Ford Counties in Illinois. E.ON Climate & Renewables, NA is developing the projects.

A total of 188 GE 1.6 wind turbines, which represent the latest evolution of the company's wind turbine technology, will power the Settlers Trail and Pioneer Trail wind farms.

The new units will be covered under an existing ECRNA-GE operation and maintenance service agreement, which will maximize turbine availability and production across ECRNA's installed base of GE wind turbines in the United States.

The GE wind turbines—94 at each wind farm—will be spread across several thousand acres of rural farmland in northeast Illinois. At full capacity, the wind farms will generate enough power for about 115,000 U.S. households.

According to a recent study by Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois wind farms have created more than 9,900 full-time construction jobs and nearly 500 permanent positions in rural areas of the state. Operating wind farms also have provided $18 million in local property taxes and $8.3 million in rental income to farmers and landowners.

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