The GE subsidiary provided half of the partnership equity in the Grandview Phase I wind farm, which is under construction in the Texas Panhandle.

Planned to be built 26 miles east of Amarillo in Carson County, the project will feature 118 GE 1.7-100 wind turbines, which the company will service under a five-year agreement.

EC&RNA will manage construction of the wind farm and provide operations and maintenance once the project starts commercial operations in December 2014.

The project is expected to reduce 482,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year and create about 250 to 300 construction jobs.

Upon completion, the project will send power on newly built transmission lines via the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone program in Texas.

EC&R North America CEO Patrick Woodson said, "Working with such strong partners like GE on the front end is a new effort for E. ON and one that will pay dividends as we bring our 19th wind farm in the United States online."

GE Energy Financial Services president and CEO David Nason said, "Combining investment and technology for the Grandview wind project builds on our long-term relationship with EC&RNA and supports the growth of this important customer and GE."

Image: The Grandview Phase I wind farm will be built 26 miles east of Amarillo in Carson County. Photo: Courtesy of dan/