Coal, Gas

GE powering seven new Spanish wind projects

24 November 2004 – GE Energy has announced the completed installation of 198 1.5 MW wind turbines in central Spain. Also announced were plans for a further 12 to be erected at an 18 MW project in the northwest of the country.

The 198 turbines generate 297 MW at six project sites across the Castilla La Mancha region of central Spain. They serve the electricity needs of approximately 190 000 Spanish homes.

These wind turbines were supplied by GE under an agreement with Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra, S.A (EHN), a Spanish renewable energy developer that is responsible for the turnkey construction of the wind farms and their operation and maintenance. EHN’s original stake in these wind projects subsequently was transferred to Iberdrola S.A., Spain’s second largest power company.

The soon to be erected, 12 1.5 MW wind turbines are to be located on approximately 500 000 square metres of public and private property near the town of Salas in the Bodenaya mountain range. All 12 wind turbines were expected to connect to the Spanish power grid by December.

The 18 MW wind farm will produce enough renewable electricity to serve 11 500 Spanish households. Viesgo-ENEL, a utility in northwest Spain, will distribute the electricity.