Taiwan’s First Wind Farm Taps GE Wind Power

In a project that indicative of GE Energy’s global reach in not only its traditional energy business, but its wind power business as well, the company was selected as the turbine supplier for the first large-scale wind power project in Taiwan.

Chicago, Illinois – March 31, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The 39-megawatt project is part of a 10-year plan by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) to promote wind energy, in accordance with the government’s goal to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions. GE will provide 26 of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines through Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Manufacturing Corporation of Taiwan, the turnkey contractor for the project. The machines will be installed at three locations: three turbines at the Third Nuclear Power Station on the southern end of the island, three turbines at the Tah-Tarn Power Station and the remaining 20 turbines along the Tao-Yuan Kuan-Yin coastline. The latter two sites are on the northwestern coast, about 100 kilometers south of the capital city of Taipei. Once completed, the project is expected to generate about 100,000 MWh annually for an estimated 21,000 households. Electricity from the turbines will be delivered through underground transmission lines to existing substations in nearby power plants before it is sent to Taiwan’s power grid. Overall, Taipower plans to invest $43 million over the next 10 years to erect 200 wind turbines along the island’s western corridor. Groundbreaking for this first installment of 26 turbines is scheduled to begin in 2004, with project completion expected by the spring of 2005. “This project is the latest example of wind power’s increasing importance in Asia,” said Steve Zwolinski, CEO of GE Energy’s wind operations. “While Europe continues to lead the world in wind power capacity, both the United States and Asia are demonstrating a strong, growing interest in wind power as a source of clean, reliable energy.” The Taipower installation marks the fourth Asian project announced by GE Energy in recent months. The company is also supplying 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for the Rokkasho-mura and Hibikinada wind projects, both in Japan; and the Huitengxile Wind Power Plant Plant of Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China.
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