Paldiski, Estonia, July 18, 2011 — GE wind turbine technology is making its debut in Estonia, one of Europe's most promising wind sectors, by supplying 18 wind turbines for the Paldiski Wind Farm.
Located in northwestern Estonia near the city of Paldiski on the Parki peninsula, the wind farm will be operated by Eesti Energia AS and Nelja Energia OÜ. Each operator is buying nine turbines from GE.
In addition, the Paldiski wind farm will be supported by a 10-year full service agreement from GE to ensure successful operation.
Through the Paldiski Wind Farm, Eesti Energia AS and Nelja Energia OÜ will add 45 MW of clean energy to the Estonian grid. The project supports the Estonian government's initiative to expand the country's renewable energy supply, as well as Eesti Energia's long-term strategy of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The 10-year full service agreement will provide both operators for the Paldiski project with GE's most comprehensive operation and maintenance support, which includes advanced anomaly detection, unplanned maintenance and an availability guarantee. GE is scheduled to begin shipping the turbines in spring 2012, with commercial operation of the complete project expected in 2012.