RWE to repower 133-turbine Texas wind farm with GE
Panther Creek III. Image by RWE Renewables
RWE Renewables, a unit of Germany's RWE AG (ETR:RWE), said today it has tasked GE Renewable Energy with the repowering of its 133-turbine Panther Creek III wind farm in Texas.
The wind farm was commissioned in August 2009 and now a significant part of its wind turbine components will be replaced. As part of the 215-MW repowering project, due to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, the turbines will get longer blades and upgraded gearboxes. The revamp will increase the turbines' annual production and will also extend the lifetime of the wind farm.
The blades that are removed will be turned into raw material for cement under GE Renewable Energy's blade recycling contract with Veolia North America.
RWE worked with GE Renewable Energy to repower the 142.5-MW Panther Creek I and 115.5-MW Panther Creek II in the third quarter of 2019. The three-phase Panther Creek wind power complex is located in Sterling, Howard and Glasscock counties in western Texas.