GE Vernova has completed the first onshore wind turbine produced on its new manufacturing assembly line in Schenectady, N.Y., the 6.1-158 turbine. With tip heights reaching almost 200 meters the unit is the largest onshore turbine ever to be manufactured in the US.
“The production of the first onshore wind turbine components ever manufactured and assembled in Schenectady marks an exciting milestone in our history books,” says Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Vernova. “We’re leveraging more than 130 years of GE’s history to lead a new era of energy, and we will continue to work closely with our customers to bring more renewable energy online and help accelerate the energy transition.”
The expansion of the GE facility was first announced in May. As the facility completes its ramp up, employees will manufacture and assemble components for over 100 units of the 6 MW turbine next year alone.
The company assembles wind turbine components for its other onshore wind turbine, the 3 MW platform, at a facility in Pensacola, Fla.
GE Vernova has received nearly 10 GW of orders and amassed more than 4 million operating hours globally for the 6 MW turbine platform. The 6.1 MW turbine has over 1,200 units in operation, making it the most-deployed 5 MW+ onshore wind turbine across all OEMs with > 5 MW nameplates, GE says.