SSE Renewables Selects GE Turbines for Scottish Wind Farm in the Highlands
*33 GE 2.85-100 Wind Turbines Will Power the Dunmaglass Wind Farm
*GE Designed Wind Turbines Specifically for the Site to Meet Specific
*Second Project with SSE and GE in Scotland Announced in 2014
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- July 8, 2014
Further advancing the growth of renewable energy throughout the United
Kingdom, GE (NYSE:GE) today announced that it will supply SSE Renewables with
33 GE 2.85-100 wind turbines for the Dunmaglass Wind Farm, located near
Inverness, Scotland. GE specially designed these wind turbines for the project
with a 70-meter tower so they meet the associated planning conditions that
require a maximum tip height of 120 meters.
The 33 wind turbines on the Dunmaglass Wind Farm will result in an installed
capacity of 94 megawatts (MW), which will contribute to Scotland meeting its
renewable energy targets.
SSE acquired the Dunmaglass Wind Farm from Renewable Energy Systems Group in
May 2013. The wind farm is located on Dunmaglass Estate, near Loch Mhor, in
the Monadhliath Mountains.
The Scottish government’s target for renewable electricity generation is for
renewables to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of gross annual
consumption by 2020, with a new interim target of 50 percent by 2015. The
Dunmaglass Wind Farm, with the support of GE, aims to help the Scottish
government achieve its challenging renewable energy targets.
“For the Dunmaglass Wind Farm, we worked with SSE to create turbines
specifically designed to meet the strict parameters set forth by the local
planning authority, which restricted the maximum tip height to 120 meters. We
developed a 70-meter tower solution to meet these requirements,” said Cliff
Harris, general manager of GE’s renewable energy business in Europe. “As wind
energy continues its rapid growth in Scotland, we too are growing our business
throughout the United Kingdom, and we are pleased to work again with SSE to
help bring Scotland a cleaner power source.”
SSE is the largest generator of electricity from renewable sources across the
U.K. and Ireland and has around 3,300 MW of renewable energy capacity. To
date, SSE currently is operating 139 GE wind turbines and an additional 43 are
due to be commissioned by the end of 2015.
In March 2014, SSE and GE announced that GE will provide 10 1.6-MW wind
turbines for the Langhope Rig Wind Farm in Scotland and this site is currently
GE’s operations in the U.K. have grown and with its latest projects in
Scotland for SSE, GE has more than doubled the size of its U.K.-based
commercial and sales teams. “GE is committed to supporting SSE’s objectives of
delivering on-site service with specialized support,” Harris added.
About SSE plc
SSE is one the U.K.’s largest generators of electricity with around 11,600 MW
of generation capacity in total (U.K. and Ireland) from the most diverse
portfolio of power stations. It is the leading generator of electricity from
renewable resources with a total generation capacity of around 3,300 MW.
Through its renewable development division, SSE Renewables, it is involved in
the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tide and
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