General Electric Opens Wind Turbine Plant in China

General Electric (GE) Energy announced on June 28 the official opening of their first wind turbine assembly plant in China. It is located in Shenyang and will produce 1.5 megawatt turbines. The first unit was completed in late March 2006 and the delivery of the first units is expected by July. "Our world-class wind turbine assembly facility in China builds on the success and experience of our wind factory in Salzbergen, Germany and adds to our ability to support growing customer demand in the renewable energy segment," said Victor Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE Energy.
Wind power is expected to play a significant role in supporting China's national target to create 30 gigawatts of new, renewable energy capacity by 2020. With a potential wind power capacity of 250 gigawatts onshore and 750 gigawatts offshore [learn more about it here], China holds the largest wind resource of any country in the world.

Over the past two years, GE has committed a total of 700 megawatts of its advanced wind turbine technology for China, which can power approximately 700,000 Chinese homes – while preventing future carbon dioxide emissions of more than 1.4 million tons per year.[...]

GE's 1.5-megawatt wind turbines, the largest capacity units installed in China, are among the world's most widely sold turbines in the megawatt class, with approximately 4,500 installed worldwide. These units are becoming well-established in Asia, with 1,040 megawatts of capacity committed for wind power projects in the region.

::Official GE Press Release, via :: GE Energy Opens Wind Turbine Assembly Facility in China

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