Supporting Romania’s drive to increase its supply of clean energy, GE’s renewable energy group is teaming with wind farm developer Monsson Alma for two projects that will add 35 MW of wind capacity to the country’s power grid. GE will provide 10, 2.5-megawatt wind turbines and 10 years of maintenance for the Silistea 1 project, which will be owned by SC Romconstruct Top SRL and four 2.5-MW machines and five years of maintenance for the Mireasa 2 project, owned by SC Eco Power Wind SRL.
Developing wind farms is a cornerstone of Romania’s effort to reach its renewable energy commitment to the European Union. The target is to have 24% of its energy produced from renewable resources by 2020. The country recently extended green certificates issued for renewables projects from 2015 to 2017 and increased other financial incentives for wind-energy developers.
Both projects are about 20 km from the Fantanele Wind Farm, which also is based on GE 2.5-megawatt wind turbine technology. When completed, Fantanele will be the largest onshore wind farm in Europe. Monsson Alma was the original developer of the Fantanele project, which has been acquired by CEZ Romania, a leading regional utility.
“Wind power will increase Romania’s energy security and independence. It will also help expand and modernize the country’s energy infrastructure leading to less pollution, new opportunities for green jobs, and investment,” says Ricardo Cordoba, president of GE Energy Western Europe and North Africa.
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