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BOSTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co said on Monday it was tapped to sell wind turbines for what is expected to be the first freshwater wind farm in the United States, planned for Lake Erie in the American Midwest.

The largest U.S. conglomerate will initially provide five four-megawatt turbines to the planned wind farm, which is expected to begin operation in late 2012 and would be capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of 16,000 typical American homes.

The wind farm is scheduled to be built off the shores of Cleveland, Ohio, and its developers -- the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp -- have a long-term goal of building it out to have a capacity of producing 1,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

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