General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has been on the cutting edge of renewable wind energy, and now the company is partnering with Velocita to bring its renewable energy technology to France. GE announced that it will provide 43 wind turbines and a full services agreement for two new wind projects in eastern France.
The Rougemont and Vaite wind farms are being developed by Opale Energies Naturelles on behalf of Velocita Energies, and the sites will install a combined 120 megawatts (MW) of GE technology over the next two years. The agreement marks GE’s largest French onshore wind deal to date and will include the largest installation of its 2.75-120 technology anywhere in Europe.
Construction on these turbines will begin in the second half of 2016. Most of the turbines are scheduled to be installed late next year, with one additional phase of construction coming in late 2017. The first phase of commercial operations will begin in early 2017, and both wind farms will be fully operational in 2018.
Alan Baker, COO of Velocita, commented:
We are building the largest wind farms in Franche-Comté, and once completed, the wind cluster we have established here with the nearby Monts du Lomont wind farm will be the most powerful in France. Our goal is to ensure that the local community benefits from these projects as much as possible. GE has a well-established presence in this region and is collaborating with us to source some of the components locally and provide technical support from a new regional service center.
Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind business, added:
GE is committed to the continued development of wind power in France. Our technology investments are helping our customers build new projects in regions that were less accessible to wind energy before. The turbines set to be installed at Rougemont and Vaite will be our tallest machines in France.
Shares of GE were relatively flat at $30.31 Monday, with a consensus analyst price target of $31.77 and a 52-week trading range of $19.37 to $31.23.