Wind in the desert

GE Wind Energy is to supply 80 wind turbines for a new, 120MW facility in California’s Mojave Desert that will be the first wind project for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

GE Wind Energy is to supply 80 wind turbines for a new, 120MW facility in California’s Mojave Desert that will be the first wind project for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the US’s largest municipally owned utility.

The Pine Tree Wind Project, as it is called, is being developed by Wind Turbine Prometheus, a partnership between Zilkha Renewable Energy and Prometheus Energy Services. Wind Turbine Prometheus will use GE’s 1.5MW wind turbines which will be installed on approximately 22,000 acres of land located 12 miles north of Mojave, CA. The project is due to be completed in the summer of 2004.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), California leads the US in wind energy production, with a total wind generating capacity of 1,822MW. The total installed capacity of wind energy in the US at the end of 2002 was more than 4,600MW, or enough to serve more than 1.2 million households.

The Pine Tree Wind Project is the second major US wind project to recently announce that it plans to use GE Wind Energy technology. On January 21, Cape Wind LLC of Boston announced it has selected GE wind turbines for the proposed Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts.