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Mesa Power places record turbine order

DALLAS, May 19 (UPI) -- Dallas-based Mesa Power LLP has placed the largest single turbine order.

The firm ordered from General Electric 667 turbines capable of generating 1,000 megawatts of electricity. That's estimated to be enough to power more than 300,000 average U.S. homes.

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The agreement represents the first phase of the four-phase Pampa Wind Project, which will become the world's largest wind energy project with more than 4,000 megawatts, enough for 1.3 million homes, Mesa announced.

The first phase of the project will cost about $2 billion and is expected to be online by 2011. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2014, covering about 400,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle.

"As America's demand for energy escalates, it is clear that wind can and will play a bigger part in meeting that need," said Jeffrey R. Immelt, GE chairman and chief executive officer.

A preliminary study projected the farm could generate 1,500 jobs during construction and 720 during a typical year of the operation phase. A resource economics study estimates that the total value of economic output in the region resulting from the project will be $380 million per year during the construction phase and $1.6 billion per year during the operation period.

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