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GE Renewable Energy hits 60 GW of global onshore wind installed capacity

60GW of installed capacity spread across more than 35,000 GE wind turbines in 36 countries / Enough to power the equivalent of 15+ million residential homes / 10GW milestone reached in Europe with recent wins that will help bring the installed base to 13GW in the region by the end of 2019

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GE Renewable Energy today announced it has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe. This significant milestone was passed thanks to large projects commissioned in North America as well as in Europe (Turkey, Spain and Romania). The company has now installed over 35,000 turbines in 36 countries.

Pete McCabe, President & CEO of GE's Onshore Wind Business said "This milestone is a testimony to our commitment to the wind industry, which is continuing to grow globally. Wind power represents 34% of forecasted renewable energy installs up until 2022. We're looking forward working closely with our partners and customers to keep increasing the wind energy share in the overall energy systems globally."

In Europe, GE Renewable Energy has also passed a key milestone, having now installed over 10GW of wind capacity in the region.

In recent months, the company has celebrated key wins that are expected to bring its installed base in Europe to over 13GW by the end of 2019.

  • Several wind farms will be developed with Forestalia in Spain, for a total of 1.5GW, which would more than double GE's wind installed capacity in the country.
  • GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services announced the 650MW Markbygden ETT wind farm in Sweden earlier this month, where the company's installed base will jump from 243MW to 893MW – the equivalent of tripling the capacity installed with just one wind farm.
  • In Serbia, a booming market for wind power in Eastern and Central Europe, the company has recently announced it will provide 153MW for the Cibuk 1 wind farm.

Europe is also a region where strategic partnerships have recently been announced for GE Renewable Energy. The company is providing 37MW of wind power for the Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, from which Microsoft will purchase 100% of the energy produced for a duration of 15 years. The Corporate Power Purchase Agreement is Microsoft's first agreement of the kind outside of the United States and will help fulfill the company's growing energy demands from its Cloud Services bases in Ireland.

McCabe said, "We are particularly excited about our growth across Europe, a region with excellent wind resources, a compelling vision of the importance of renewable energy, and an appreciation of the need for stable policy to bring the economic and environment benefits wind power can deliver."

GE Renewable Energy is attending the Wind Europe 2017 Conference and Exhibition (Booth #1B40) in Amsterdam from November 28 to November 30, 2017.

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