GE Renewable Energy Hits 60 GW of Global Onshore Wind Installed Capacity

With its beginnings in apple orchards, this company has returned to its green roots by machining large parts for the wind-power industry.


GE Renewable Energy recently announced it has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe. This significant milestone was passed thanks to large projects commissioned in North America as well as in Europe (Turkey, Spain, and Romania). The company has now installed more than 35,000 turbines in 36 countries.

“This milestone is a testimony to our commitment to the wind industry, which is continuing to grow globally,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind Business. “Wind power represents 34 percent of forecasted renewable energy installs up until 2022. We’re looking forward to working closely with our partners and customers to keep increasing the wind-energy share in the overall energy systems globally.”

In Europe, GE Renewable Energy has also passed a key milestone, having now installed more than 10GW of wind capacity in the region.


In recent months, the company has celebrated key wins that are expected to bring its installed base in Europe to more than 13 GW by the end of 2019:

  • Several wind farms will be developed with Forestalia in Spain, for a total of 1.5 GW, which would more than double GE’s wind installed capacity in the country.
  • GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services announced the 650-MW Markbygden ETT wind farm in Sweden late last year, where the company’s installed base will jump from 243 MW to 893 MW, the equivalent of tripling the capacity installed with just one wind farm.
  • In Serbia, a booming market for wind power in Eastern and Central Europe, the company has recently announced it will provide 153 MW for the Cibuk 1 wind farm.

Europe is also a region where strategic partnerships have recently been announced for GE Renewable Energy. The company is providing 37 MW of wind power for the Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, from which Microsoft will purchase 100 percent of the energy produced for a duration of 15 years. The Corporate Power Purchase Agreement is Microsoft’s first agreement of the kind outside of the United States and will help fulfill the company’s growing energy demands from its Cloud Services bases in Ireland.

“We are particularly excited about our growth across Europe, a region with excellent wind resources, a compelling vision of the importance of renewable energy, and an appreciation of the need for stable policy to bring the economic and environment benefits wind power can deliver,” McCabe said.

Source: GE Renewable Energy

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