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GE, Gama Complete Turkish Wind Farm as Country Boosts Renewables

General Electric Co. (GE), the biggest U.S. maker of wind turbines, completed its second wind farm project in Turkey with Gama Holding AS.

The 10-megawatt Karadag farm in Izmir started generating electricity this month using four turbines, each with a 2.5- megawatt capacity, GE, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, said today in an e-mailed statement.

Turkey, seeking to get 30 percent of its power from renewables by 2023, is a “strategic growth area for GE,” according to the statement. The nation needs to meet electricity demand that’s increasing at about 6 percent a year, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said in June.

GE and Ankara-based contractor group Gama, through their Gama Enerji AS venture, started producing power at their first wind farm, the 22.5-megawatt Sares facility, in March 2011.

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