NTR's Wind Capital Group Announces GE Turbine Deals

Two new projects increase Wind Capital Group’s US wind power footprint to more than half a gigawatt
August 08 2011

Dublin, 2nd August 2011: NTR plc, the international renewable energy group, today announces that its wind business, Wind Capital Group, has agreed deals for 228 wind turbines and the accompanying operations and maintenance services for projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. These projects will provide more than 350 megawatts of clean renewable energy for the Midwestern United States.

GE will supply 94 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines for the Osage project in Oklahoma, which will provide power to Associated Electric CoOps Inc. (AECI), and 134 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Post Rock project in Kansas, which will supply power to Westar. The GE wind turbines for both projects are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2012.

Speaking about the deal, Ciaran O’Brien, Wind Capital Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “At a time when many energy projects around the country are on hold, Wind Capital Group is making substantial investments and expanding our operations. This turbine acquisition sends a clear signal that we have a pipeline of high-quality development projects that we are continuing to translate into strong commercial assets.”

The two new projects will increase Wind Capital Group’s US wind power footprint to more than half a gigawatt.

The Osage project in Oklahoma will use GE’s advanced 1-6-100 wind turbine, the world’s most efficient wind turbine when taking into account capacity factor in wind class. The turbine features a 100-meter rotor diameter and offers a 47% increase in swept area, resulting in an 18% increase in annual energy production compared to the previous models.

The GE 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Post Rock project in Kansas are members of GE’s family of 1.5 machines, the most widely deployed megawatt class wind turbine in the wind industry with more than 16,500 installed worldwide.

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About NTR plc

NTR plc, the international renewable energy group, builds and runs green energy and resource-sustaining businesses. Founded in 1978, NTR has evolved from being a developer and operator of infrastructure in Ireland to an international developer and operator of renewable energy and sustainable waste management businesses in the USA and Ireland. http://www.ntrplc.com

About Wind Capital Group

Formed in 2005, Wind Capital Group is an American company committed to harnessing a clean, renewable source of energy - creating jobs, generating economic opportunity and building a strong foundation for domestic energy independence. Wind Capital Group’s model is built on forming responsible partnerships with the communities in which we operate and providing long-term value for our investors.
Currently, Wind Capital Group is developing utility-scale wind farm projects across the U.S. and has offices in St. Louis, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; and Chicago, Illinois.

For more information about Wind Capital Group, visit http://www.windcapitalgroup.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. Dedicated to innovation in energy, health, transportation and infrastructure, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.
GE also serves the energy sector by providing technology and service solutions that are based on a commitment to quality and innovation. The company continues to invest in new technology solutions and grow through strategic acquisitions to strengthen its local presence and better serve customers around the world. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together with more than 90,000 global employees and 2010 revenues of $38 billion, to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; as well as other alternative fuels and new grid modernization technologies to meet 21st century energy needs.

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