GE reaches its 25,000th wind turbine installed
GE is celebrating an important milestone in its wind energy division. The 25,000th wind turbine has been installed and the company reaces more than 38 GW of wind energy installed around the world.
These 25,000 wind turbines are generating enough energy to supply 28 million European households.
"We are thrilled to be reaching this milestone alongside our customers,” said Anne McEntee, president and chief executive officer of GE’s renewable energy business. "Through continued technology investment and collaboration with global developers like Energiekontor, wind will continue advancing as a competitive source of renewable energy around the world."
The milestone was reached during the installation of a turbine in a site in Lower Saxony, Germany, at the Uthlede wind farm.
The company expects many more milestones to come as the markets are growing. In the United States and Europe, nearly 40% of new generating capacity installed over the last four years was wind energy. China aims to increase its wind capacity to 100 GW by 2025 as part of a goal to reach 15% of the country’s production from renewable energy, and the European Union has updated a target framework to reach 27% of electricity production from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The company notes the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014 scenario, where global energy demand could grow by 37%, with renewable sources accounting for 33% of global electricity generation, by 2040.
As the cost competitiveness and demand for renewable energy grows, wind has become an economic and stable choice for a wide variety of nations and developers.
GE has announced plans to supply 100 megawatts (MW) of wind for Kenya and Morocco to help both countries expand power generation portfolios and capture natural wind resources. Additionally, 50 MW of GE wind turbines in Pakistan will help the country capture some of its 132 GW wind potential and overcome a six gigawatt general deficit, while Croatia will receive 34 MW of GE wind turbines in order to reach a target of twenty percent of total power generation from renewable sources by 2020.
The company is also committed to further develop the technology, with more than $2 billion invested in research and development. GE aims to make wind technology a competitive, economic, and future-facing energy generation choice.