General Electric has installed its 1,500th wind turbine in Canada, bringing the vendor’s fleet capacity in the country to 2GW in four provinces – Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6MW unit with a 100-meter rotor for China Longyuan Canada’s Dufferin wind farm, the developer’s first wind farm in North America.
“We see it as a testament to the success of our customers in the country, and their success in bringing renewable energy to Canadian citizens,” says GE’s renewable energy business chief executive Anne McEntee, referring to the achievement.
GE installed its first wind turbine in Canada in 2004 in Alberta. The Canadian fleet ranges from 1.5MW units with 77-meter rotors to 2.85MW units with 103-meter rotors.
GE is one of the “Big Five” wind turbine vendors in Canada along with Enercon, Senvion, Siemens and Vestas.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association has set a goal to reach a target of producing 20% or more of Canada’s energy with wind energy by 2025.