GE has announced its first Croatian wind turbine order: The company has won a deal to supply Vienna-based renewable energy developer RP Global with 12 GE 2.85-103 turbines for the Rudine wind farm.
The 34 MW project, located near the southern coastal city of Dubrovnik, will be co-developed with Croatian company Adria Wind Power. The contract will include a 15-year operations and maintenance agreement. The Rudine turbines will also benefit from GE's Salzbergen, Germany-based remote monitoring and operations center.
GE says the wind farm will help Croatia meet its clean energy goals. After setting up a renewables incentive system in 2007 and joining the European Union in 2013, Croatia has added almost 300 MW of wind capacity. Additionally, and as part of its plan to achieve EU targets, Croatia has also set up a goal to have 35% of its electricity provided by renewable energy sources through 2020, according to GE.
"Croatia has focused targets for renewable energy and a plan to reach them, and GE is glad to help be a part of that," says Cliff Harris, general manager for Europe for GE's renewable energy business. "GE wind turbines operate well at the site conditions we see in Croatia, and our technology will enhance the economics of wind energy both for our customer and Croatian citizens."