3 July 2009 – GE will supply a total of 57 2.5xl wind turbines to Arise Windpower for the latter’s Brunsmo project near Karlskrona in southern Sweden.
GE is part of Arise Windpower’s strategy to have 300 large-scale wind turbines in operation by 2014. According to Arise Windpower, the turbines will produce two TWh of electricity annually – an amount that is equal to today’s total wind power production in Sweden.
The 2.5xl wind turbines for the Karlskrona-Brunsmo project will be manufactured at GE Energy’s wind turbine facilities in Salzbergen, Germany, which recently was expanded to help meet Europe’s growing demand for wind turbines. The new wind turbines are scheduled to be shipped and installed to the project site in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The Karlskrona-Brunsmo project and the frame agreement support Sweden’s goal to have 50 per cent of its energy coming from renewable sources by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, Sweden must increase its supply of renewable energy by about 10 per cent over the next 11 years.