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US turbine tech in “breakthrough” wind project for Mexico

GE will provide turbines for Comexhidro’s wind farm in Santa Catarina

GE will help accelerate wind development in Mexico
GE will help accelerate wind development in Mexico

A US technology giant will provide its turbines to the burgeoning Mexican wind market. General Electric (GE) will supply turbines with a total capacity of 22 MW to Comexhidro’s wind development in Santa Catarina. The wind farm will help further develop wind power in Mexico.

Héctor Villegas, sales director of GE’s renewable energy business in Mexico, said: "This project is a breakthrough for the country. It supports the government’s commitment to increase investment in research and infrastructure and encourage private investors to produce clean energy and help reverse the effects of climate change."

GE’s 2.75-103 turbines have been chosen for the project. Each turbine generates 2.75 MW giving the wind farm a planned capacity of 22 MW. The 2.75-103 turbine is building on GE’s 2.5 MW platform, with a nine per cent increase in annual energy production. The blades have lengths of 50.2 and 48.7m. The turbines also include GE’s wind farm control technology WindSCADA.

Carlos Jinich, Comexhidro general manager, said: "Through the perfect combination of GE’s technology and innovative solutions, combined with our local knowledge and experience of the grid, we will be able to offer important environmental benefits and a technological solution to meet the needs of the community for an efficient and sustainable energy supply."

Comexhidro is a hydroelectric developer now expanding into wind projects. The Mexican Wind Energy Association estimates Mexico’s wind energy potential is over 50,000 MW.