Last Wednesday, GE celebrated the installation of it’s 20,000th wind turbine. All combined, these 20,000 turbines have the capacity to power the cities of Hong Kong and London.
“We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without our development partners,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE. “Together, we have advanced wind to its current status as a relevant, reliable, competitive source of energy.”
40% of new power generation installations across the US and Europe over the last four years have been wind, and this has been led in part by the efforts of GE.
In November of 2008, the company hit its 10,000th turbine. And in February of 2011, it reached 15,000.
GEs partners have lined up to offer their congratulations on this milestone:
“We congratulate GE on this impressive achievement,” said Jim Shield, Invenergy’s executive vice president and chief development officer. “Our longstanding association has resulted in the installation of more than 2,000 GE wind turbines at Invenergy projects across the United States. As America’s largest independent wind power generation company, we look forward to a continued, successful relationship with GE in the years to come.”
“Congratulations to GE on reaching this milestone. From our vantage point, it appears to be the culmination of working with customers, driving down prices, continuously advancing technology and then backing it all up with responsive service,” said David Boyce, chief executive officer of Wind Capital Group. “I would expect that winning combination to serve them well into the future.”
There does not appear to be any mention of just where the 20,000th turbine was installed, but given that “more than 70 percent of GE’s wind turbine deals so far this year have been overseas” (GE General Manager Matt Guyette in a recent interview), it could very literally be anywhere throughout Europe, Asia, or North America.
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