GE completes Fokida wind farm in Greece
GE has completed its first wind farm project in Greece. The Fokida wind farm is the first of a series of three wind farms GE is constructing for Nostira Renewable Energy, which has a 20% stake in the Fokida project, according to GE’s website.
The Fokida wind farm is located in central Greece along the Gulf of Corinth, according to a GE Report. Nostira Renewable Energy, a three-year-old renewable energy developer, runs the farm and owns a 20% stake in the project. The remaining 80% belongs to Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Fokida is the first of a series of three wind farms GE is constructing for Nostira that, by year’s end, should place the developer among the top eight wind producers in the country, with about 110 MW of total generation, according to data from Nostira’s website and the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, the report reads.
Fokida is split into three parts: a sea-level pad with three turbines, another site of six turbines at 500 meters, and three more turbines in a final section at 1,000 meters. The project uses GE’s 3.2-103 turbines, which generate 3.2 MW apiece.
GE began construction on the site last July.
GE is currently building two more 28.8 MW wind farms for Nostira, both in Boeotia on the Gulf of Corinth: the Korobili wind farm is fully installed and awaiting commissioning, likely in July, while the Pournari wind farm is on target for a September completion, according to Andres Antas, senior project manager at GE Renewable Energy
This year alone, Greece could install a total of 400 MW of wind power, Antas said.
Greece targets 32% renewables share in 2030
Greece targets a 32% share of renewables in gross final energy consumption in 2030, from 15.2% in 2016, according to its draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).
According to earlier reports, Greece’s energy regulator, RAE, will offer 456 MW in the country’s first mixed renewable energy auction on April 15, having received eight applications for a total of 637.78 MW in wind and solar capacities.