For wind farm operators, the turbine’s large 103-meter rotor will help deliver high-efficiency output and attractive project economics, according to GE. The 1.7-103 also provides a 30% increase in annual energy production compared to its predecessor 1.6-82.5. (A 100MW wind farm powered by 1.7-103 turbines can generate electricity required to fulfill the needs of 413,000 Indian homes per year and offset carbon emissions of 291,000 TCO2 per year.)
“The launch of our new wind turbine 1.7-103 is a testament to GE’s commitment to energizing India and catering to India’s low wind speed environment,” said Banmali Agrawala, president & CEO, GE South Asia. “Our latest offering underscores the company’s effort to provide localized solutions to India.”
India is rapidly increasing its power generation using renewable energy. In fact, the cost of wind power in particular is now close to grid parity and advancement in technology is making its generation more predictable. Renewables now constitute to over 5% of India’s energy mix by production and 12% by installed capacity.