General Electric Starts Its First Wind Energy Plant in Estonia

General Electric Co. (GE) today started its first wind farm in Estonia.

The company installed 18 turbines totaling 45 megawatts in northwestern Estonia for Eesti Energia AS and Nelja Energia AS, it said today in a statement on its website. Eesti Energia currently operates four wind farms with a combined capacity of 111 megawatts.

Estonia in 2011 became the first European Union member to exceed its 2020 renewable energy target. The nation’s share of renewable energy in final energy consumption reached 25.9 percent in 2011, surpassing its 25 percent target.

Wind energy at the end of last year produced about 5.5 percent of Estonia’s total electricity consumption, according to the Estonian Wind Power Association.

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