By Karl-Erik Stromsta in London
Monday, March 10 2014
Updated: Monday, March 10 2014
The 110MW round of orders in German includes 44 of GE’s “Brilliant” 2.5-120 turbines destined for eight wind farms.
The majority of the German orders come as part of existing framework agreements GE has with the developers Juwi and Pfalzwerke, and the first project to use the machines – Juwi’s Rehborn wind farm – is already under construction.
Outside of Germany, GE Wind announced the sale of another 43 turbines to a range of developers across France, Scotland and Sweden.
In France, GE will deliver 27 of its 2.85MW turbines to projects backed by the developer Boralex in the northern regions of Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais. The order includes installation and a five-year service agreement.
SSE Renewables has ordered 10 of GE’s 1.6MW turbines for its Langhope Rig wind project, in the Scottish Borders region. GE will provide O&M services to the project under its long-term fleet-management arrangement with SSE.
Meanwhile, in southern Sweden GE has sold six of its 1.6-100 turbines and a five-year service agreement to the Erikshester wind project, which is owned by Eksjö Energi and nearly a dozen other investors.
The orders were announced on the first day of the European Wind Energy Association exhibition in Barcelona.
After several years of largely ignoring the European market in favour of US deals, GE has made no secret of its intention to begin clawing back a significant share of the European onshore wind market.
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