GE turbines to power Iowa community wind projects

GE (NYSE: GE) said that eight of its wind turbines will power a 12.6 MW community wind initiative in rural southwestern Iowa. The turbines were purchased by 180 community members who each bought shares in the units.

The wind initiative group is purchasing six 1.6-82.5 wind turbines. One turbine each will be used at the Cumberland Rose wind farm, an expansion of the 1.5 MW Bulldog Wind project; the Meadow Ridge project, an expansion of Wolverine Wind’s existing 1.5 MW turbine; the Wiota Wind, the Fontanelle, the Greenfield Wind and the Sky Volt wind power projects.

Three of Farmers Electric Co-op’s 11 substations, the City of Fontanelle and the City of Greenfield will purchase power from the projects. All remaining power generated will be purchased by Central Iowa Power Co-op (CIPCO), the regional power distributor, which will provide this power to other nearby communities.

GE also will provide maintenance support for the turbines under 10-year customer service agreements to ensure the long-term availability of the turbines.

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