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GE wins 1.2GW Spanish prize

Turbines from 3MW range to be supplied to Forestalia Group

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GE is to supply turbines from its 3MW range totalling 1.2GW for wind farms in Spain to be developed by Forestalia Group.

Forestalia, through the Sociedad Aragonesa Transeuropea de Energias Renovables, won the right to develop the projects in Spain’s latest renewable electricity auction, which took place on 17 May.

GE is also supplying a further 300MW of 3MW machines to Forestalia, for a wind farm awarded to the Spanish company in Spain’s tender last year.

GE will manufacture the turbines at three European facilities, including its engineering centre of excellence in Barcelona and a factory in Salzbergen in Germany.

LM Wind Power, recently acquired by GE, will provide the blades from plants in Ponferrada and Castellon.

GE Renewable Energy president and chief executive Jerome Pecresse said: “GE is immensely proud that the turbine that will equip the future farms is a European product with the nacelle produced in Germany in addition to the towers and blades manufactured in Spain.

Spain auctioned 3GW of capacity almost all of which went to wind farms at a price of €43 per megawatt-hour, according to WindEurope.

“This is the lowest level ever awarded in an onshore wind tender in Europe,” WindEurope said.

WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson said: “The tender results show how onshore wind is today the cheapest option for new power generation.”  

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