French developer Akuo Energy has announced that its Chicago-based subsidiary, Akuo Energy USA, has selected 56 GE 1.7-103 wind turbines to power its Rocksprings Phase I wind farm in Val Verde County, Texas.
In addition to a turbine supply deal, Akuo Energy USA and GE have entered into a full service agreement for the long-term operation and maintenance of the wind farm. Akuo commenced construction at the Rocksprings project in December 2013, and operations are scheduled to start in 2015. The company plans to build Rocksprings in two phases totaling 180 MW.
Brice Yharrassarry, CEO of Akuo Energy USA, says, "We are pleased to have inked two major contractual agreements for the Rocksprings project, paving [the] way for project financing in the second trimester of 2014."
"We are thrilled to bring GE turbines and services to Akuo Energy's first wind farm in America," adds Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE's renewable energy business. "GE's 1.7-103 wind turbine is part of our proven portfolio of advanced technologyÂ machines, and a great fit for the winds of this project in Texas."