Stena Renewable Wind Energy has signed a contract with GE to deploy 40 GE 2.5-100 wind turbines for installation at four new wind farms in southern Sweden.
Commissioning of the new wind farms in the municipalities of Laholm, Boxholm and Mjölby is scheduled between late 2011 and mid-2012.
Stena currently operates 22 wind turbines in the municipalities of Ludvika and Härnösand in central Sweden.
“After extensive evaluation and procurement choice was General Electric,” said Stena CEO Göran Danielsson. “When choosing a turbine, finding long-term and stable suppliers with performance and price is a priority. We are very pleased with the cooperation with General Electric and look forward to working to realize these projects."
The company’s four new projects represent a total investment of approximately €130 million and will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 50,000 homes.
Long dependent on nuclear power plants and hydroelectric facilities, Sweden has been working to increase the pace of wind-farm construction in order to comply with the EU Renewables Directive.
The four new wind farms will be supported through Sweden’s existing green-certificate support system that gives producers of renewable electricity (wind, small hydro, biomass-based CHP) set payments for every MWh of renewable energy they produce.