GE Wind Turbines for Portugal

GE Wind Energy has entered into an agreement with ENERNOVA, Novas Energias SA, to supply wind turbines and construct three turnkey wind farms in northern Portugal. ENERNOVA is a subsidiary of Electricidade de Portugal (EDP), the largest utility in Portugal.

Atlanta, Georgia – June 30, 2003 [] The three wind energy projects, totaling 31.5 MW of new capacity, will consist of 21 of GE’s 1.5 MW wind turbines. Project sites include Fonte da Quelha and Alto do Talefe, which will have eight wind turbines each, and Padrela, where there will be five turbines. With civil works scheduled to begin in mid-June 2003, the wind farms are expected to be connected to the grid and producing energy by January 2004. “These projects represent GE Wind Energy’s first wind turbine installations in Portugal and further demonstrate the growing worldwide interest in wind energy development,” said Antonio Casla, managing director for GE Wind Energy in Spain and Portugal. With just over 200 MW of installed wind energy capacity in Portugal as of January 2003, GE Wind Energy’s new installations will increase the country’s wind energy by more than 15 percent. According to BTM Consult, a Danish consulting firm, approximately 450 MW will be installed in Portugal over the next five years. GE’s 1.5 MW are widely sold and 1300 units have been installed worldwide. The machines currently are designed and assembled at GE Wind Energy’s facilities in Spain, Germany and the U.S.
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