Let it blow

Blow me, big oil
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has placed an the largest ever order for wind turbines: he ordered 667 wind turbines from GE, each costing $3 million dollars, making the total order $2 billion. Pickens plans to develop the world’s largest wind farm in the panhandle of Texas.

The $2 billion order is just one quarter of the total amount he plans to purchase. Once built, the wind farm would have the capacity to supply power to over 1,200,000 homes in North Texas. Each turbine will produce 1.5 megawatts of electricity. The first phase of the project will produce 1,000 megawatts, enough energy to power 300,000 homes. GE will begin delivering the turbines in 2010, and current plans call for the project to start producing power in 2011.Ultimately, Picken’s company, Mesa Power, plans to have enough turbines to produce 4,000 megawatts of energy, the overall project is expected to cost $10 billion and be completed in 2014.

$2 Billion Wind Turbine Order Is Largest Ever | MetaEfficient

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3 thoughts on “Let it blow

  1. Of course it is to make money! Is there something wrong with that? There is a lot of nonsense about capitalism being a bad thing but it will do more for clean energy than anything else. While even an idiot knows the world will run out of filthy oil shortly, the transition to clean energy sources will be carried out not by socialistic practices but capitalism. If you think Chavez has it right then by all means feel free to move.
    Good on Pickens! The only things that might be better are fusion and solar power. The dark ages are gone!

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