The Wind Catcher wind farm will be the largest US wind farm (and second largest in the world) when it becomes operational in 2020.
The 2,000MW wind farm is a joint venture between Invenergy and GE, and is currently under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle. The project will generate electricity from 800 GE 2.5MW wind turbines.
According to the press release: The wind facility is part of the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection that also includes an approximately 350-mile dedicated, extra-high voltage power line. American Electric Power (AEP) utility subsidiaries Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) are asking utility regulators in in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to purchase the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion of construction and to build the power line to serve PSO and SWEPCO’s more than 1.1 million customers.
Invenergy’s Founder and CEO, Michael Polsky said, “Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at giga scale. This project reflects Invenergy’s innovative spirit and unparalleled execution ability, and we are proud to be working with forward-looking utilities like PSO and SWEPCO whose customers and communities will benefit from this project for decades to come.”
President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business, Pete McCabe said, “GE is delighted to be a part of the groundbreaking Wind Catcher project with Invenergy and American Electric Power. We look forward to putting our teams to work in these communities as we continue to move toward our goal of ensuring that no one has to choose between sustainable, reliable and affordable energy.”