GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will provide 81 onshore wind turbines to power the 220 MW Potegowo Wind Project in Slupsk County, northern Poland. It is the first project between GE Renewable Energy and Potegowo Mashav. With a current installed base of 580 MW in Poland, GE Renewable Energy will increase its installed base to 800 MW in the country, once the project is commissioned.
GE’s onshore wind turbines will power the wind farm, which is divided in four sub-projects: Biecino, with five units already in the process of being installed; Karzcino and Wrzescie, with 13 units; Gluszynko, with 20 unit; and Malechowo, with 43 units.
Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA at GE Renewable Energy Peter Wells said: “We are proud to announce our first project with Potegowo Mashav and reiterate our commitment to bring sustainable green electrons to the Polish grid. Poland’s wind industry is vibrant and will continue to thrive, as the upcoming auctions offer promising opportunities to continue supporting the country’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on its path towards decarbonisation.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to build one of the largest wind farms in Poland, which would not have been possible without our partners at GE Renewable Energy. This is a significant milestone in our wind farm investment programme, having won the Polish government tender in November 2018 for the supply of 220 MW of wind generated energy to the Polish electricity network,” added Tomer Eizenberg, CEO of Mashav Energia.
The project is backed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is the first renewables investment in Poland in the past three years. The Potegowo wind farm is expected to help save 480,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
“The wind farm in Potegowo fits perfectly into the country’s National Energy and Climate Plan. Thanks to its maximum flexibility, the Ostroleka C coal power plant is specifically designed to support the increase of renewable energy on the Polish grid and we are proud to supply both technologies,” said Slawomir Zygowski, CEO for GE in Poland.