Caithness Energy has built the United States' largest single wind project, the 845MW Shepherds Flat. The first wind turbines were installed in early 2011 and now the wind farm with 338 Winergy 2.5MW gearboxes and couplings is fully operational.
GE installed 338 high-efficiency GE Energy 2.5-100 wind turbines at Shepherds Flat, to meet the needs of this expansive project. In spring 2011, GE commissioned the first 2.5 MW wind turbine, which is the company’s most advanced onshore wind turbine and is a leader in the multi-megawatt wind sector. After 20 months of installations, the complete fleet of turbines is equipped with Winergy high performance gearboxes and couplings.
Shepherds Flat is with 845MW United States' largest wind farm, which was issued in one project and is the first large-scale installation of GE’s 2.5-100 wind turbines in the United States. Winergy supplied its compact and high efficient gearbox PZFB 3494 combined with its ARPEX ARV4 coupling. Both of these Winergy components have been in successful serial production since 2008, with more than 2.4GW of installed capacity globally.
The commissioning of the first wind turbines was accomplished earlier than initially planned. Construction of the project involved not only the installation of wind turbines, but also the development of 95 miles of roads and 167 miles of transmission lines.
Stretching across 30 square miles in north-central Oregon, the project will generate enough energy to supply a projected 235,000 average size U.S. homes.