GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) today announced a commitment to provide Invenergy, North America’s largest independent, privately held clean energy provider, with 120 GE2.5-116 90-meter turbines for the Santa Rita wind farm in Reagan County, Texas. The 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to be commissioned in 2018, will power the equivalent of 102,500 US homes.
This is Invenergy’s first wind farm using GE’s 2.5-116 turbines, which offer greater energy capture and improved project economics for wind developers. A portion of the turbines installed at the Santa Rita wind farm will include blades manufactured by LM Wind Power, which was recently acquired by GE Renewable Energy.
“Invenergy and GE have a long history of successfully working together to provide several gigawatts of affordable, reliable, sustainable energy,” said Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business. “We are pleased to continue this relationship as we develop the Santa Rita Wind Farm and bring more renewable energy to Texas.”
“We are always exploring innovative ways to advance our clean energy generation and we’re excited to work with GE – a long-standing partner with an excellent reputation for innovation – to maximize the efficiency of our Santa Rita Wind Farm,” said Invenergy’s EVP & Chief Commercial Officer Jim Shield.
GE will also implement our Digital Wind Farm solutions, including software to support wind operations including Asset Performance Management analytic capabilities and cyber security through its SCADA secure edition.
GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) today announced it has signed a cybersecurity agreement with Invenergy, North America’s largest independent, privately held clean energy provider, to secure their entire fleet of wind turbines, as well as a framework to add future wind farms to the network. Worth more than $13M over ten years, this is one of the largest cybersecurity deals in the history of the Industrial Internet.
Wurldtech, a GE Company, is focused on cybersecurity and protecting operational technology in addition to information technology. This agreement includes upgrading Invenergy’s legacy controls, up-grading and protecting their network security with Wurldtech’s Opshield, a cutting-edge purpose-built security solution for industrial and process control environments; and finally, GE and Wurldtech will provide Invenergy with software maintenance, updates, and patches for the duration of the ten-year term.
“As online threats multiply and the electric grid goes digital, cyber security is a top priority for Invenergy,” said Jim Shield, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Invenergy. “We are proud of our collaboration with the GE Digital team to develop a long-term, enterprise-wide cyber security agreement that met our operational needs.”
“This took a huge effort from our teams across all functions to get the deal across the line,” said Sanjeev Addala, Chief Digital Officer at GE Renewable Energy. “We are looking forward to building on the success of supporting Invenergy’s fleet under contract and expanding it to other wind fleets. It’s very exciting to work with one of our best customers, Invenergy, on their digital transformation!”
We offer a comprehensive Cyber Security package engineered specifically for Wind Farms – Wind SCADA Secure Edition. This collection of technologies are integrated to build or enhance our customers’ Operational Technology (OT) cyber posture in the wind plant’s internal and external environment.
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 15,000 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects.