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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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Leeward Renewable Energy has completed the repowering and financing of its Sweetwater 3 Wind Farm in Nolan County, Texas, USA. Leeward procured the wind turbine equipment from GE Renewable Energy, which also provided construction services and is providing operations and maintenance services for the project.
 
GE Energy Financial Services and BHE Renewables provided tax equity financing. The Sweetwater 3 repower replaced and enhanced existing components of 90 legacy GE Renewable Energy wind turbines resulting in increased capacity. Sweetwater 3, one of Leeward’s original wind farms, has been operating since 2005. Through the repowering, the wind farm’s capacity will increase from 135MW to roughly 146MW, utilising the same number of turbines and footprint. Sweetwater 3 will continue to provide renewable energy to its offtake partner, San Antonio-based CPS Energy, under its long-term power purchase agreement. Leeward designed the construction process to allow it to provide continuous delivery throughout.
 
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