Invenergy?s Grand Ridge Expansion Project Placed in Service in Illinois

Together with the first phase of the wind energy project, which was placed in service in October, 2008, the Grand Ridge facility is now capable of generating 210 MW of electrical energy, enough power for about 70,000 homes.

The Grand Ridge expansion is selling 100.5 MW of its output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Appalachian Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power. The expansion project was constructed by Gemma Renewable Power, LLC and its major equipment is 74 General Electric 1.5MW SLE wind turbines. The Grand Ridge expansion represents the 17th wind farm developed by Invenergy that utilizes GE wind turbines.

“We are delighted to complete the expansion of this premier wind farm in our home state of Illinois, said Michael Polsky, Invenergy’s President and CEO. We are confident that this wind farm will operate reliably for years to come as has our entire fleet of GE equipment.”

“Invenergy is a key customer for GE’s wind energy business and we look forward to continuing our lead supplier role with them, said Victor Abate, vice president – renewables for GE Power&Water. Invenergy continues to extend their excellent track record of developing high quality power projects even during tough economic times.”

Invenergy Wind LLC and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy is committed to clean power alternatives and continued innovation in electricity generation. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices throughout the United States and in Canada, Poland and Scotland.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed and placed in service nineteen wind farms and five natural gas-fueled generating facilities. The aggregate capacity of these facilities is approximately five thousand megawatts, which can provide enough power for approximately two million homes. Invenergy is one of the top five largest owners of wind generating facilities in the United States, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

GE Energy ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2008 revenue of $29.3 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels. Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE’s corporate-wide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.