GE has installed its 1,500th wind turbine in Canada, bringing the company's total of installed wind capacity across the country to 2 GW. The company announced the achievement at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA) 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition, being held in Montreal, Quebec, this week.
GE says the milestone turbine, a GE 1.6-100 machine, was installed for China Longyuan Canada's Dufferin wind farm.
‘Longyuan Canada is proud to be a part of this landmark for GE,’ comments Jeff Hammond, senior vice president of Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd. ‘The Dufferin wind farm is the first wind farm developed by our company outside of China, and we are grateful for GE's assistance in making it a success.’
GE also installed its first Canadian 1.6-100 and 2.85-103 wind turbines this year. Since its first turbine installation in Canada in 2004, GE says the company's wind presence has expanded to four provinces – Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. GE's installed base of turbines in Canada range from GE 1.5-77 to 2.85-103 machines, with the most units installed in Ontario.
‘GE is thrilled to reach this landmark in Canada,’ says Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE's renewable energy business. ‘We see it as a testament to the success of our customers in the country and their success in bringing renewable energy to Canadian citizens.’