March 14 -- GE has delivered of 71 of its 2.8-127 onshore wind turbines for the 200 MW Sweetland Wind Project in Hand County, South Dakota – owned by Scout Clean Energy, a renewable energy developer-owner-operator.
Sweetland is expected to produce over 903,500 megawatt hours of low cost, renewable power each year, offsetting approximately 615,000 tons of annual carbon emissions. Sweetland is estimated to power 82,100 homes with carbon free electricity.
GE’s 2.8-127 series turbines, have been named by the American Clean Power Association (ACPA) as the most widely deployed wind turbine in the US.
“The delivery allows for Sweetland project to begin full construction shortly, and when commissioned later this year will add to Scout’s growing contribution of carbon free, renewable energy to South Dakota,” Michael Rucker, CEO and founder of Scout Clean Energy, said.
“With more than 300 million operating hours and best in industry power performance, our fleet of 2MW turbines are helping to deliver cost effective and reliable renewable energy to the regions that need it most,” said Vic Abate, CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business.
Scout plans to manage construction of the project and has selected Blattner Energy as the Balance of Plant (BOP) Contractor. 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.