GE secures contract to supply turbines to Estonian wind farm

Energy company GE has entered the Estonian wind turbine market for the first time after securing a deal to supply 18 wind turbines to the Paldiski Wind Farm.

Located in north-western Estonia near the city of Paldiski, the wind farm will be operated by Eesti Energia and Nelja Energia.

Each operator will receive nine turbines from GE with a 10-year full service agreement.

The deal is expected to add 45MW of clean energy to the Estonian grid and supports the Estonian government’s initiative to expand the country’s renewable energy supply and to reduce CO2 emissions.

According to the Estonian Wind Power Association (EWPA), wind is the country’s leading resource for renewable energy. At the end of 2010, Estonia had 149MW of installed wind capacity, with about 570MW of new wind projects currently in development.

‘The higher efficiency, increased reliability, improved ease of maintenance and seamless grid integration features of the 2.5–100 make it an excellent fit for Estonia’s robust wind conditions,’ said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewable Energy Europe.

GE is scheduled to begin shipping the turbines in spring 2012, with commercial operation of the complete project expected in 2012.