GE Renewable Energy and Invenergy just announced that a Oklahoma will soon be home to the largest wind farm in the U.S., the Wind Catcher project, which will have a capacity of 2,000-MW. The size edges out the current largest wind farm in the country, California’s Alta Wind Energy Center, which has a capacity of 1,550 MW.
When completed, Wind Catcher will be the second largest wind farm in the world behind China’s monster Gansu Wind Farm that has a capacity of 6,000 MW and is set to expand to an amazing 20,000 MW by 2020.
The wind farm will consist of 800 2.5-MW GE wind turbines and it’s part of a larger project called the Wind Catcher Energy Connection that also includes a 350-mile dedicated, extra-high voltage power line that will carry the power to utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma and approximately 1.1 million customers.
The project will cost about $4.5 billion but is projected to save the utilities and customers it serves $7 billion over the next 25 years.
The wind farm is already under construction and is set to be completed in 2020.