GE Renewable Energy selected for three Lithuania windfarms
GE Renewable Energy has been selected by European Energy as the supplier for three windfarms in Lithuania, located approximately 80kms north of the capital Vilnius.
The 121MW 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 will also include a 25-year full-service contract.
GE Renewable Energy explains that European Energy will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 158 metres. The blades will be provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, it adds.
All turbines will be erected on a 151-metre tower, and the installation of the wind turbines at the project site will take place in H2 2021.
Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy, says: “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. 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.”
Lvea, the Lithuanian wind power association, states that Lithuania has set itself the goal to produce 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050. There are currently 23 wind parks 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 today.
Peter Wells, GE’s CEO of Onshore Wind in Europe, comments: “We’re delighted to partner with European Energy on this project, and we are thrilled they’ve selected our Cypress platform. European Energy is a fast-growing and innovative player in Europe with whom we have built a very strong relationship in multiple countries by now. Together we will bring additional clean, affordable, renewable energy to Lithuania.”
GE Renewable Energy’s Cypress turbine enjoys a growing position in the country with two major orders booked this year, including this announcement, the company adds.
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, the statement concludes.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.