GE Energy will supply nine of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for the Parque EÃ³lico de Alagoa de Cima project, a new wind farm in northwestern Portugal.
According to GE, the new project will support Portugal’s initiative to increase the country’s installed wind power capacity to 3,750 megawatts by the year 2010. At the end of 2003, a total of 300 megawatts of wind-generated capacity had been installed in the country.
The wind initiative is part of the country’s policy for developing renewable energy (“PolÃtica de desenvolvimento de Energias RenovÃ¡veis em Portugal”), which states that by 2010, more than 39 percent of the country’s energy will come from renewable sources, including wind. This policy exceeds a European Union goal that member nations obtain at least 12 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2010.
In addition to supplying and installing the wind turbines, GE Energy will be responsible for balance-of-plant construction, commissioning and two years of operation and maintenance services.
All nine wind turbines are expected to be connected to the grid by the end of 2004.