Shenyang, China [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The GE Energy (Shenyang) Co. Ltd. facility, GE Energy’s first wind turbine assembly plant in China, is officially open and will produce 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines. It will also provide local support for the growing wind power industry in China and Asia. Located in Shenyang, the multi-million dollar facility is adjacent to two other GE joint venture facilities in Shenyang; these three facilities represent a GE investment of more than US$50 million in China’s northeast region.“The wind plant in Shenyang meets the requirements on wind turbine localization set by China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It demonstrates our long-term commitment to the region, and expands our local capabilities to provide technology and services to help meet China’s growing power capacity requirements,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE Energy. Wind power is expected to play a significant role in supporting China’s national target to create 30 gigawatts (GW) of new, renewable energy capacity by 2020. With a potential wind power capacity of 250 GW onshore and 750 GW offshore, China holds the largest wind resource of any country in the world, states the release. Over the past two years, GE has committed a total of 700 megawatts (MW) of its advanced wind turbine technology for China, which can power approximately 700,000 Chinese homes – while preventing future carbon dioxide emissions of more than 1.4 million tons per year. In May, GE signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s National Development and Reform Commission to expand cooperation in the development of advanced environmental technologies, including wind power. GE will invest up to $50 million in ecology-related research and development funds at its China Technology Center in Shanghai over the next five years. “The MOU is a practical application of GE’s ecomagination initiative — a global growth strategy where advanced technologies help answer modern challenges and support the needs of our customers,” said Abate. “This focus is particularly appropriate in China, due to its significant energy requirements and serious challenges regarding availability of natural resources.” GE Energy is highlighting its wind turbine technology at the 3rd Asian Wind Power Exhibition and Conference June 28-30 at the China World Trade Center in Beijing.