GE 2.75-103 wind turbine commissioned in the Netherlands

Brussels, Belgium, March 15, 2011 — GE's first 2.75-103 wind turbine was commissioned at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands wind farm in Wieringermeer, Netherlands.

The wind turbine features electrical system uprates and GE's 50.2 meter proprietary blade design that offers an annual energy production increase of more than nine percent at 7.5 m/s over the 2.5-100 machine. One 2.75-103 wind turbine can provide energy for about 2,000 German homes.

"Following our announcement last year to introduce the new 2.75-103 wind turbine, we have our first unit fully commissioned and ready for delivery this summer," said Stephan Ritter, general manager for GE's renewable energy business in Europe. "This product marks a solid addition to our product portfolio. The design of the 2.75 MW turbine is built on the core design of the 2.5 MW series with minor electrical changes, which reflects our evolutionary product strategy: to create value for our customers by building on proven performance and reliability."

GE's 2.75-103 uses GE's 50.2 meter blade design that offers the latest enhancements in aerodynamics, reduced acoustic emissions and robust performance.

Featuring a 103-meter rotor, the new wind turbine is optimized for IEC Sb and DIBT WZ2 standards. It is available for 50 and 60 Hz applications with 75, 85 and 98-meter hub heights.

GE's 2.5 MW series turbine — available globally — is built on the proven performance, availability and reliability of the 1.5 MW series platform.

Efficient at low wind speeds and suitable for a wide variety of wind sites, this turbine model is being used at the world's largest projects: CEZ Romania's Fantanele, which together with Cogealac wind farm will make up Europe's largest onshore project; and Caithness Energy's Shepherds Flats wind project, which is under construction in Oregon in the United States.

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