General Electric Co. just announced it has received a $1.4 billion contract to supply wind turbines and other services to the largest wind farm ever built in the United States.

The contract is with New York City-based Caithness Energy, which is building a 845-megawatt wind farm in Oregon called Shepherds Flat.
The $2 billion project spans 30 square miles in north-central Oregon. A total of 338 turbines will be installed in 2011 and 2012.

It will also be the first wind farm in the U.S. to use GE's 2.5-megawatt turbines. Typically, domestic wind farms use 1.5-megawatt turbines, although the larger ones have already been used in Europe and Asia.

GE Energy Financial Services is investing in the project.

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