GE Energy is to supply 33 of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for the Las Lomillas wind project in TÃ©bar, Spain.
Located in the Castilla-La Mancha region of central Spain, approximately 80 kilometres southwest of Cuenca, the project is owned and being developed by TÃ©bar EÃ³lica, which is a joint partnership equally owned by GENESA (HidrocantÃ¡brico) and TÃ©bar AgrÃcola.
Turnkey services are being provided by Sinae EnergÃa y Medioambiente, a company majority-owned by HidrocantÃ¡brico.
Under the terms of its agreement with Sinae EnergÃa y Medioambiente, GE Energy will install and commission the project’s wind turbines. And under an agreement with TÃ©bar EÃ³lica, GE Energy will also provide operation and maintenance services for five years. Once completed in April 2005, the plant is expected to produce approximately 120 gigawatt hours of electricity annually.
The Las Lomillas wind farm supports Spain’s goal to install 13,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity by 2010. The output from the farm will be sold by TÃ©bar EÃ³lica. Spain is the world’s second largest producer of wind power, with a total of 6,420 megawatts of installed wind capacity at the end of 2003. Germany leads the global wind industry with 14,612 installed megawatts, and the United States follows Spain with 6,361 megawatts, according to the European Wind Energy Association’s Wind Force report that was issued in May 2004.