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GE, Gama Complete Turkish Wind Farm as Country Boosts Renewables

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July 24 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co., 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.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell in London at Sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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