GE to supply wind turbines to three Chinese wind energy projects

GE has signed contracts to supply 88 wind turbines to HECIC New Energy Co Ltd, one of China's leading wind energy developers, for three new projects in Hebei and Shanxi Provinces. The projects will support the rapid growth of wind energy investments in China, which today is the world's fourth largest producer of wind power.

China's plan to add 150 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2020 would require it to install approximately 11.5 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity per year from 2009-2020.

The new wind farms will add 132 megawatts of installed wind power capacity in China, which currently ranks fourth, behind only the United States, Germany and Spain in wind power production.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, China continued its rapid growth in wind energy in 2008 by doubling its installed capacity to 12.2 gigawatts.

To date GE has committed to supply 895 units of 1.5-MW wind turbines to China, in support of the country's aggressive renewable energy program.

China plans to increase power generation from renewable sources to 15 per cent of the country's total by 2020. To achieve this, China will need to strengthen development on solar, wind and biomass energy.