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GE wind turbines to power Comexhidro wind farm in Santa Catarina

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GE will provide eight 2.75 MW wind turbines to the Comexhidro wind farm in Santa Catarina, Mexico to help power the municipality's public lighting system.
GE wind turbines to power Comexhidro wind farm in Santa Catarina

Project managers estimate the use of the turbines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area by the equivalent to the amount produced by 10,000 cars a year.

Comexhidro, the Mexican hydroelectric company, is leading the project's construction and operation and Conduit Capital Partners is investing in the project.

"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," said Carlos Jinich, general manager, Comexhidro.

GE announced the project at this week's Mexico Wind Energy Forum, where civic and industry leaders discussed the opportunities and challenges of wind power in Mexico.

The Mexican Wind Energy Association estimates the country's wind energy potential at more than 50,000 MW.

"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," said Hector Villegas, sales director of GE's renewable energy business in Mexico.

"This strategic vision coincides with the strong commitment of GE in innovative solutions that solve today's environmental challenges and benefit society," Villegas said.

This year, GE is celebrating a decade in the wind industry with more than 18,000 wind turbines installed worldwide that generate 28 GW of power.

In Mexico, GE employs more than 4,600 people, 8,800 more through its joint ventures and has 13 manufacturing plants and the largest center for advanced engineering in the country, focused on the design of energy projects.

Recent energy projects announced in country using GE equipment will generate roughly 2,000 MW, or the equivalent of powering 22 million Mexican households.

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