General Electric (GE) recently announced it has put up a total of 300 wind turbines in Brazil.
At the Annual Brazilian Wind Power Conference held In Rio De Janeiro, GE also announced it will put up another 600 units in the Latin American country.
Meanwhile, the company plans to open two local service centers by 2014, which will add 100 service technician jobs, the release said.
The cost of the two new service centers is tagged at $1.5 million, and set for Bahia and Rio Grande de Norte.
“Execution is a differentiator for GE,” said Jean-Claude Robert, general manager of Latin America for GE’s renewable energy business in the statement. “We have delivered all of our projects on schedule, which allows our customers to meet their PPA requirements.”
The American manufacturer also announced a further investment to add to its already $2-billion renewable energy portfolio. GE provided details about the new 1.85-82.5 wind turbine, which is based on its 1.5 megawatt (MW) platform. The new turbine will allow for better economic handling in higher wind locations, while lowering the need for more turbines per wind farm.
The new wind turbines will reach or exceed the 98.5% historic average of the 1.5MW GE wind platform.
It’s expected wind energy will play a big role in supplying the emerging market’s energy needs in the future. Brazil has an installed wind capacity of 1,500 megawatts (MW), with 583 MW installed in 2011, according to information from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in the release. The GWEC also expects Brazil to have some of the strongest potential in the on-shore wind market over the next five years, the statement said.