GE Renewable Energy has been selected by European Energy to supply 22 Cypress onshore wind turbines units for three wind farms in Lithuania, with a total capacity of 121 MW. GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has been selected by European Energy as the supplier for three windfarms in Lithuania, located about 80 kilometres North of the capital Vilnius.
The 121 MW project, which will use 22 GE Cypress onshore wind turbine units, will add 23 percent of green power capacity to the country’s current wind power production. The deal also includes a 25-year full-service contract.
European Energy will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158 metres and blades provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. All turbines will be erected on a 151 metre tower. The installation of the wind turbines at the project site will take place in 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” said Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy. “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.”
According to the Lithuanian wind power association, Lvea, Lithuania has set the goal to produce 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050. There are currently 23 wind farms operating in Lithuania with a combined capacity of 480 MW. Together with the individual wind turbines, there is a total of 534 MW of wind power installed in the country currently. GE Renewable Energy’s Cypress turbine enjoys a growing position in the country with two major orders booked this year, including today’s announcement.
The Cypress onshore wind platform enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in service ability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths, improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options in locations that were previously inaccessible.