GE Renewable Energy has been chosen by European Energy as the provider of three wind farms in Lithuania, situated approximately 80 kilometers north of the capital city of Vilnius.
The 121 MW project, which will use 22 GE Cypress onshore wind turbines, will add 23 percent of the country’s green power generation capacity. The arrangement also involves a 25-year full-service term.
European Energy will run the 5.5 MW Cypress turbines with a rotor diameter of 158 meters and the blades supplied by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy company.
All turbines will be installed on a 151 meter platform. The construction of the wind turbines at the project site will take place at H2 2021.
“We are delighted to sign this important deal with GE Renewable Energy thereby ensuring 22 state-of-the-art Cypress turbines perfectly designed for our three Lithuanian projects. This deal will ensure 121 MW of green power capacity and be central to driving the green transition and support the local production of renewable energy in a country currently heavily dependent on the import of energy.“Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy.
“We’re delighted to partner with European Energy on this project, and we are thrilled they’ve selected our Cypress platform. European Energy is a fast-growing and innovative player in Europe with whom we have built a very strong relationship in multiple countries by now. Together we will bring additional clean, affordable, renewable energy to Lithuania.“Peter Wells, GE’s CEO of onshore wind in Europe.
According to the Lithuanian wind power association, Lvea, Lithuania has set a target of generating 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050.
Currently there are 23 wind farms operating in Lithuania with a total capacity of 480 MW. A total of 534 MW of wind power is installed today, along with the individual wind turbines. The Cypress turbine of GE Renewable Energy enjoys a rising place in the country with two big orders booked this year including today’s announcement.
The Cypress onshore wind platform facilitates substantial annual energy production (AEP) enhancements, increased service reliability, enhanced logistics and site potential, and ultimately increased customer value.
The two-piece blade design allows blades to be made even longer, improves logistics to bring down costs and provides more seating options at previously inaccessible locations.