GE has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE’s total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts, reports PennEnergy.
GE is celebrating this milestone at this week’s CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal, along with major wind industry players.
The breakthrough turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine for China Longyuan Canada’s Dufferin wind farm.
Dufferin is the wind developer’s first wind farm in North America.
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Longyuan Canada is proud to be a part of this landmark for GE. The Dufferin wind farm is the first wind farm developed by the company outside of China, and it is grateful to be of GE’s assistance in making it a success, said, Jeff Hammond, senior vice president, Longyuan Canada Renewables.
Besides, GE installed its first Canadian 1.6-100 and 2.85-103 wind turbines in 2014.
Since its first wind turbine installation in Alberta in 2004, GE’s wind presence has expanded to Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec provinces.
GE’s installed base of wind turbines in Canada range from GE 1.5-77 to 2.85-103 wind turbines, with the most units installed in Ontario.
GE is thrilled to reach this landmark in Canada. It is a testament to the success of customers in the country, and their success in bringing renewable energy to Canadian citizens, said, Anne McEntee, president, chief executive officer, renewable energy business, GE.
According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, wind energy contributes nearly three percent of Canada’s electricity demand with over 8 GW of installed wind capacity.
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CanWEA has set a goal to reach a target of producing 20 percent or more of Canada’s energy with wind energy by 2025.
Overall, Canada ranked fifth in global wind installations in 2013.