Südwind Energiesysteme, based in the city of Berlin and recently rescued from financial difficulties by the Frankfurt-based Walther Junior company, is expanding its production capacity to allow for assembly of wind turbines rated at 600 kW and 750 kW. A new production facility is planned near Paderborn in North Rhine Westfalia. This location has been chosen, rather than an alternative in east German Mecklenburg Vorpommern, because of the generally sympathetic attitude of North Rhine Westfalia to wind. At the moment 59 turbines are running in the Paderborn area with a rated capacity 23 MW. But within the next three to four years, another 250 turbines will go in the ground increasing wind capacity by 175 MW. "We realised that we have insufficient production and service capacity and must carry out some changes, so we decided to go where the music is playing, " says Südwind's Jochen Twele.
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