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Scout Announces Selection of GE Wind Turbines for Sweetland Wind Project

LCG, September 9, 2022--Scout Clean Energy (Scout) announced yesterday that GE Renewable Energy (GE) has been selected to provide 71 of GE's latest generation 2.8-127 onshore wind turbines for the 200 MW Sweetland Wind Project (Sweetland) in Hand County, South Dakota. Sweetland is owned and will be operated by Scout, a renewable energy developer-owner-operator.

The CEO of Scout Clean Energy stated, “We are excited to enter into yet another major turbine purchase agreement with GE Renewable Energy for Sweetland Wind Farm. This order paves the way for our Sweetland project to begin construction shortly, and when commissioned next year will add to Scout's growing contribution of carbon free, renewable energy to South Dakota. Scout has now successfully purchased, installed and managed over 1,070 MW of wind power capacity produced by GE wind turbines.”

Sweetland is expected to produce over 878,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy each year from the 71, 2.8-MW wind turbines installed at the Sweetland project. GE's 2.8-127 series turbine was named by the American Clean Power Association (ACPA) as the most widely deployed onshore wind turbine in the U.S. The ACPA reported that GE turbine technology was deployed in 50 percent of new capacity additions nationwide, as well as 49 percent of new onshore wind projects under development with a known equipment supplier.

The Chief Commercial Officer for GE's Onshore Wind business said, “GE is delighted to continue our partnership with Scout Clean Energy, working on Sweetland Wind Farm. Our best-selling 2.8-MW wind turbines are an ideal fit for South Dakota's wind conditions, and this project is a critical component to help bring affordable, sustainable, renewable energy to the region.”

Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (Quinbrook), a global investment manager specializing in lower carbon and renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure.

The Chairman of Scout's Board of Directors and representative of Quinbrook stated, “We are delighted that GE will once again provide the key equipment solution for Scout's next wind project. Sweetland is being designed and constructed to a very high standard by the Scout team and this is reflected in the quality of turbine selected for this project. Quinbrook continues to support Scout's efforts as a leading renewables IPP in the US market as the company builds a diverse and growing wind, solar, and storage portfolio that has rapidly expanded to over 15 GW in 24 states.”
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