Sep 1 (Renewables Now) - The renewables arm of General Electric (NYSE:GE) said it will commission 600 MW of wind turbines in September in Brazil as it announced reaching 5 GW of installed wind capacity in the country.
The 600 MW of turbines to be commissioned this month, which are part of the 5-GW milestone, are located at three previously announced projects. These include Brazilian wind developer Casa dos Ventos' 359-MW Ventos Araripe III scheme in Chapada do Araripe that will feature 156 GE turbines of the 2.3-116/107 type. The other two are the Caldeirao I project of Queiroz Galvao, also in Chapada do Araripe (PI), that will consist of 70 2.7-122 GE turbines, and the PEC Expansion project in Guaranhuns with 22 turbines.
GE made the announcement as part of the Brazil Windpower conference. It said it is the first company to reach 5 GW of wind capacity in Brazil and that this represents more than 33% of all wind energy in the country.
"Brazil is an important market for GE Renewable Energy. We believe in the growth potential of wind and renewable energy, and we are committed to providing affordable, reliable, sustainable energy to customers across Brazil," said Jean-Claude Robert, general manager for Onshore Wind in Latin America.
GE expanded its wind presence in Latin America following its 2015 acquisition of Alstom's power and grid businesses.