GE Energy’s 2.5MW wind turbine technology is being introduced into Japan through an agreement that will add 85MW of wind energy capacity to the country’s electricity grid.

Currently being developed by Clean Energy Factory, a wind energy producer based in Nemuro, Hokkaido, the three projects covered by the agreement will be located on Awaji Island, Hyogo; in Dangamine, near the border between Asago and Shiso, Hyogo; and in Hohoku, Yamaguchi.

Thirty-eight of GE's 1.5MW units have previously been installed in Japan: 22 for the Rokkasho Wind Project, six for Hokkaido, and 10 for the Hibikinada Wind Project.

The new projects are expected to enter commercial operation during 2006 and 2007.