Atlanta, Georgia [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Through an agreement valued at approximately $400 million, GE Energy will provide Canadian wind energy developer SkyPower Corporation with 200 wind turbines for projects across Canada and the United States. Slated for delivery in 2009, the 1.5-megawatt (MW) GE machines will have the capacity to produce a total of 300 MW of wind-generated electricity.
Canada is now among the world’s fastest growing wind power markets and could be in the top five by 2009, according to a recent study from Emerging Energy Research of Cambridge, MA. In 2006, Canada doubled its installed wind energy capacity to 1,588 MW and now ranks 12th in the world, reports the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
“Canada is becoming a leader in the global movement to rapidly implement renewable energy solutions such as wind power,” said Victor Abate, Vice President-Renewables for GE Energy.
Since 2004, GE has received commitments to supply more than 1,000 of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for projects across Canada. Overall, GE has shipped more than 6,500 of the machines for projects around the globe.