GE Energy Financial Services announced today it has exceeded $10 billion in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide to become one of the industry’s leading investors. The projects generate twice the electricity consumed in Los Angeles annually, avoid greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual car emissions in Massachusetts, and create an estimated 10,000 US jobs.
“Despite major changes in regulations, government incentives and energy markets”
GE Energy Financial Services expects it will continue to invest more than $1 billion annually in wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects, its fastest-growing energy sector and one that often facilitates sales of GE’s energy technology.
“Our rapid growth in renewable energy investments benefits not only GE’s customers and shareholders but society at large,” said David Nason, President and CEO of GE Energy Financial Services. “These benefits will increase as we execute on a robust pipeline of prospective new investments that provide excellent risk-adjusted returns, serve as a catalyst for the growth of GE’s industrial energy business, and provide customer value.”
GE Energy Financial Services’ renewable energy projects can generate 17 gigawatts of electricity, enough for an estimated 3.7 million homes -- more than twice what Los Angeles homes consume. Of the more than $10 billion in cumulative renewable energy equity and debt investment commitments, $8 billion are in more than 12 gigawatts of wind farms and $1.7 billion are in one gigawatt of solar power installations, with the balance in other renewables. Geographically diversified, the projects span 16 countries and 28 states, helping 18 states meet their Renewable Portfolio Standards.
The renewable energy projects avoid the annual emission of about 26 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of 5.6 million cars, according to US Environmental Protection Agency methodology. The projects create an estimated 10,000 direct US jobs, according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory and GE modeling.
GE Energy Financial Services’ capital is working in southern California to complete the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar power project, which uses GE power inverters and is already producing more than 375 megawatts. It’s also building wind farms in Ireland, Nebraska, Illinois and Texas, the No. 1 US state in installed wind power. The wind farms under construction or completed use more than 4,400 GE turbines, underscoring GE’s ability to provide both capital and technology.
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