GE reached the milestone in the first quarter of 2016, largely thanks to the recent acquisition of Alstom’s renewable energy unit in November 2015. GE’s global wind footprint now extends to more than 35 countries, with the U.S. making up the largest portion of GE’s installed global base. In recent years, the company has seen string growth in regions like Europe, Asia and Latin America. Following the Alstom acquisition, GE expanded its European presence and added additional capacity in Brazil.
“Renewable energy has become a mainstream source of power generation,” said Jérôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy. “The industry is poised for continued global growth, and at GE, we are excited to be reaching this milestone and look forward to adding our next 50 gigawatts even faster.”
GE Renewable Energy now has at least a gigawatt of power installed in countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Spain and the U.S.