Bucharest, Romania, January 21, 2011 – Supporting Romania’s drive to increase its supply of clean, renewable energy, GE is teaming with wind farm developer Monsson Alma for two projects that will add 35 MW of wind capacity to the country’s power grid.
GE will provide 10 2.5-MW wind turbines and 10 years of maintenance for the Silistea 1 project, which will be owned by SC Romconstruct Top SRL and four 2.5-MW machines and five years of maintenance for the Mireasa 2 project, owned by SC Eco Power Wind SRL.
Developing wind farms is a cornerstone of Romania’s effort to reach its renewable energy commitment to the European Union. The target is to have 24 percent of its energy produced from renewable resources by 2020.
Romania recently enhanced its renewable energy legislation, extending green certificates issued for renewables projects from 2015 to 2017 and increasing other financial incentives for wind energy developers.
Both projects are about 20 kilometers from the Fantanele Wind Farm, which also is based on GE 2.5-MW wind turbine technology and when completed, will be the largest onshore wind farm in Europe. Monsson Alma was the original developer of the Fantanele project, which has been acquired by CEZ Romania, a leading regional utility.
The 2.5-MW turbine is designed to yield the highest annual production in its class and builds on the success of GE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine, the world’s most widely deployed wind turbine with more than 14,500 units now installed.