Multi-megawatt wind turbines have recently entered commercial service in Poland, according to GE representatives at the official opening of the Nekla windpark. With Poland’s high wind potential and large agricultural areas, wind technology will play a key role helping the country meet its target of 15% of its total energy supplied by renewable resources by 2020.
Marking the debut of GE’s 2.5-100 turbine in Poland, the Nekla project is owned by the Polish affiliate company of E.ON Climate and Renewables and consists of 21 turbines installed at seven sites in the Wielkopolska Region. All turbines are installed, commissioned, and connected to the grid.
With a 100-m rotor dia., the 2.5-100 increases annual energy production while maintaining efficiency, reliability, and grid connection capabilities. “The increased output of each unit, the qualities and track record of GE technology have been key factors in our turbine choice for this project. E.ON will produce more than 50 MW of clean, wind-generated electricity for the Polish market,” said Sven Utermöhlen, regional director, Central Europe for E.ON Climate & Renewables. “With its excellent wind conditions and favorable regulations, Poland is one of the most promising wind energy countries in Europe,” said Ricardo Cordoba, president of GE Energy Western Europe & North Africa.