GE Renewable Energy says it now has more than 50,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe; that’s more than 30,000 GE turbines in over 35 countries.
The company reached the milestone in the first quarter of this year – largely thanks to its acquisition of Alstom’s renewable energy unit last November. GE says its global wind footprint represents enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately five cities the size of Hong Kong.
The U.S. makes up the largest portion of GE’s global installed base, but in recent years, the company has seen strong global growth in regions such as Europe, Asia and Latin America. Following the acquisition of Alstom’s renewable energy unit last year, GE expanded its European presence and added additional capacity in Brazil. GE Renewable Energy now has at least 1 GW of wind power installed in countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Spain and the U.S.
“Over the last decade, we have continued to invest in wind technology, and those investments have enabled us to drive steady growth while reducing production costs,” notes Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind business. “We feel like we are just getting started. The investments we are making today in regions all over the world are setting us up to deliver strong global growth in the years ahead.”