GE Energy Provides Wind Turbines for Spanish Project

GE Energy’s wind turbines were selected for the Parque Eolico de la Fuensanta wind project in the Castilla La Mancha region of central Spain. The new wind farm will be located about 25 kilometers southwest of Albacete, the capital city of the Province of Albacete.

Atlanta, Georgia – September 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] It will have a capacity of 49.5 MW and is expected to produce approximately 120 gigawatt-hours of wind-generated electricity annually after it enters service in 2005. Under a turnkey contract, GE will supply, install and commission the wind turbines and will provide balance-of-plant construction, along with operation and maintenance services for two years. The project will use 33 of GE’s 1.5 MW wind turbines. These machines are among the most widely tested and sold wind turbines in their size category, with more than 2,400 units installed worldwide. For this project, the 1.5 MW wind turbines will be assembled at GE Energy’s facility in Noblejas (Toledo), Spain. This project has been promoted by Energias Alternativas Castilla-La Mancha S.L.(EACLM), and Desarrollos Eolicos Manchegos El Pinar S.L.U. (DEMEPI), which is the special purpose vehicle (SPV) company in charge of the construction and exploitation of the installation. These two companies are part of the business conglomerate QUESOS FORLASA S.A., which is one of the largest companies of the Castilla-La Mancha Autonomous Community. While this will be the first wind project for Quesos Forlasa, EACLM holds permits for two other wind farms in Albacete and two more in Ciudad Real. The electricity generated by the new project will be sold to Iberdrola, S.A., the second largest electric utility in Spain. Iberdrola serves more than nine million customers and owns domestic hydroelectric, fossil-fueled, nuclear and renewable power generation facilities with a capacity of more than 20,000 MW. Spain is the world’s second largest producer of wind power, with a total of 6,420 MW of installed wind capacity at the end of 2003. Germany leads the global wind industry with 14,612 installed MW, and the United States follows Spain with 6,361 MW, according to the European Wind Energy Association’s Wind Force 12 report issued in May of 2004. “With the country’s target to reach 13,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity by the year 2011, and a legal and administrative framework that encourages its development, Spain has made a major commitment to wind power,” said Antonio Casla, country executive for GE’s wind operations in Spain.

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