Scout selects GE Renewable Energy for Sweetland wind project

GE renewable energy wind turbines

Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado based renewable energy developer, has selected GE Renewable Energy (GE) to provide 71 of GE’s 2.8-127 onshore wind turbines for the 200 MW Sweetland wind project in Hand County, South Dakota.

Scout Clean Energy has purchased, installed and managed over 1,070 MW of wind power capacity produced by GE wind turbines.

Sweetland is expected to produce over 878,000 megawatt hours of low cost, renewable power each year, offsetting approximately 600,000 tons of annual carbon emissions. Sweetland is estimated to power 81,000 homes with carbon free electricity.

GE’s 2.8-127 series wind turbines have been named by the American Clean Power Association (ACPA) as the most widely deployed wind turbine in the US.

“Our 2.8MW wind turbines are an ideal fit for South Dakota’s wind conditions, and this project is a critical component to help bring affordable, sustainable, renewable energy to the region,” Steve Swift, Chief Commercial Officer for GE’s Onshore Wind business, said.

The American Clean Power Association has recognized GE Renewable Energy as the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US for 2021, the fourth year in a row. Of the total onshore wind capacity installed nationwide, ACPA reported that GE turbine technology was deployed in 50 percent of new capacity additions, as well as 49 percent of new onshore wind projects under development with a known equipment supplier.

Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (Quinbrook), a global investment manager specializing in lower carbon and renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure.

“Quinbrook continues to support Scout’s efforts as a leading renewables IPP in the US market as the company builds a diverse and growing wind, solar, and storage portfolio that has rapidly expanded to over 15 GW in 24 states,” said David Scaysbrook of Quinbrook and Chairman of Scout’s Board of Directors.

Sweetland is expected to support over 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 permanent full-time positions once the project begins operations. The economic benefits to the community are estimated to meet or exceed $35 million in new local revenues over the expected life of the Sweetland project.