GE (Schenectady, N.Y., USA) announced on Jan. 12 that it has signed contracts to supply 88 wind turbines to HECIC New Energy Co. Ltd., one of China’s leading wind energy developers, for three new projects in Hebei and Shanxi Provinces. China’s plan to add 150 GW of installed wind power capacity by 2020 would require it to install approximately 11.5 GW of installed wind power capacity per year from 2009-2020.
The new wind farms will add 132 MW of installed wind power capacity for China, which currently ranks fourth, behind the United States, Germany and Spain in wind power production. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, China continued its rapid growth in wind energy in 2008 by doubling its installed capacity to 12.2 GW.
“The development of wind power is a key economic growth area for China and plays a critical role in achieving our national target to increase to 150 gigawatts of installed wind energy capacity by 2020,” said Dr. Cao Xin, general manager of HECIC New Energy Co. Ltd. “As a corporate citizen of China, our strategy is to apply the most advanced and reliable technology and technological expertise for every project that will help China reach its goal of achieving clean energy.”