Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 4, 2011 — The 1,000th GE wind turbine to be installed in Canada will enter service next month at Cartier Wind Energy's Gros Morne project in the Gaspésie Region of Quebec,
GE expects to have more than 1,100 wind turbines installed in the country by the end of this year.
The 1,000th unit is among 67 GE 1.5-MW wind turbines to be installed as part of the first phase of the Gros Morne project; the second phase will add another 74 units.
The first Canadian installation of a GE wind turbine was in Alberta in 2004, and today, GE machines are installed across four Canadian provinces—Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario — helping governments in those regions meet their greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
GE offers both its 1.5 and 2.5 wind turbines for Canada. The 1.5 is the most widely used utility-scale wind turbine in the world, with more than 16,500 installed for a wide variety of wind regimes.
The first North American installation of GE's advanced technology 2.5 wind turbines was at Suncor Energy's Kent Breeze project near Thamesville, Ontario. The 2.5 is a product of GE's evolution in the wind industry and is a leader in the multi-megawatt wind sector.
Currently, about 16 percent of the Canada's total energy supply comes from renewable resources including small hydro, biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and ocean energy. Wind farms presently operating in Canada have a total capacity of 4,611 MW.