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GE Energy's newest wind turbines, used in two wind farms in Romania

GE Energy, one of the most important companies in the renewable energy sector, will team up with Monsson Alba, developer of wind farms, for two new projects in Romania, which will add 35 MW of wind energy to the national grid, reads a GE's press release sent on Tuesday.

Within the new projects, GE will supply 14 wind turbines of 5 MW, out of which ten of 2.5 MW, plus 10-year maintenance work, within Silistea 1 project that will belong to RomConstruct Top company, and other four wind turbines of 2.5 MW and 5-year maintenance works within Mireasa 2 project, which belongs to Eco Wind Power company.

Both projects are situated some 20 km from Fantanele Wind Farm, Mures County (north-west of Bucharest), implemented also with the help of technology provided by the 2.5 MW wind turbines from GE and which, when finalized, will be the largest onshore wind farm in Europe. Monsson Alma was the initial developer of Fantanele project, which was afterwards bought by CEZ Romania, an important regional utilities companies.

The 2.5 MW turbine is designed to generate the biggest annual production for its class and it is based on the success of GE's 1.5 MW wind turbine, the most common model in the world, with over 14,500 units installed so far.

According to the quoted source, the development of wind farms represents a fundamental element in Romania's effort to meet its commitments regarding renewable energy assumed before the European Union. Under the regulations in effect, until 2020, 24% of the generated energy must come from renewable sources.

Recently, Romania has consolidated its legislation on renewable energy by extending the validity of green certificates issued for renewable energy projects from 2015 to 2017 and by improving other financial facilities for the renewable energy developers, Agerpres reports.