Greentech Lead America: GE renewable energy business has announced 1 gigawatt (GW) of new U.S. wind turbine orders following the ruling of the production tax credit (PTC) on January 1, 2013.
Once installed, these turbines will provide 1 GW of energy to the grid across the United States. This equates to enough cleaner energy to power 330,000 U.S. homes and taking more than a million cars off the road.
GE has also added new products to its wind turbine portfolio. GE’s 1.7-100 meter wind turbine is the second brilliant wind turbine in its portfolio. The 1.7-100 provides 6 percent more power than GE’s current model and allows for higher energy capture in lower wind speed environments.
Earlier this year, GE announced its 2.5-120 wind turbine, the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine and GE’s first brilliant wind turbine. GE’s brilliant wind turbine platform helps manage wind’s variability through providing short-term predictable power while communicating seamlessly with neighboring turbines, service technicians and operators.
Last week, GE announced that Invenergy will install three 2.5-120 wind turbines with integrated energy storage at its Mills County, Texas, wind farm. The 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine to incorporate short-term battery storage as part of the complete turbine package.