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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

G.E. to house its renewable energy businesses in new $45 million headquarters in Upstate NY

G.E. this week unveiled its new $45 million renewable energy global headquarters in Schenectady, NY.  The new HQ building, which opened yesterday, will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, and will also exceed New York’s building standards on energy efficiency by 20 percent.

Among the amenities are enhanced energy management and conservation features, energy efficient hot water boilers and HVAC system, water conservation fixtures, bike racks and preferred parking for hybrid vehicles.  A 48-kilowatt G.E. solar energy system installed nearby helps power the building. A four-story atrium houses a scale model wind turbine and interactive displays that feature G.E.’s renewable energy technologies.  A state-of-the-art remote operations center will provide continuous monitoring and diagnostic services for an installed base of wind turbines and solar power electronics. 

The establishment of G.E.'s Renewable Energy Global Headquarters also spurred the creation of more than 650 new jobs in Schenectady, 150 more than originally anticipated and a year ahead of schedule. 

“The dedication of our new, state-of-the-art global headquarters represents our ongoing mission to provide renewable energy solutions that will help meet both the world’s energy and environmental needs,” said Victor Abate, vice president, renewable energy for G.E. Power & Water.

The event on Monday also marked the installation of the company’s 13,500th wind turbine globally. G.E. is the largest supplier of wind turbines in North America, with its 1.5-megawatt turbine the most widely used in the world. With this latest installation, the company’s global installed fleet now generates enough renewable energy to power nearly 6 million homes. G.E. Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, reported revenues of $37 billion in 2009.
Source:  Press reports