GE to Provide Turbines for Lake Erie Wind Farm
GE announced Monday at the annual American Wind Energy Association's conference in Dallas that they will team with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDC0) to construct a 20 megawatt wind energy facility outside of Cleveland, Ohio, by 2012. The new wind farm will use GE's gearless, direct drive 4 megawatt turbines which have proven their reliability for offshore wind conditions. This will be the first U.S. fresh water offshore wind project and is projected to be able to produce 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020.
The LEEDCo-GE partnerships is working with The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force to establish offshore wind industries along lake Erie since the location has predominately sustainable winds and a strong manufacturing community to fabricate the required components. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said that "this partnership will not only advance offshore wind technologies, it will also advance Ohio’s economy. We are eager to continue the state’s strong collaboration with GE and LEEDCo as we pursue this exciting, first-of-its-kind initiative for Lake Erie.