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Czech doubling of small fleet

The Czech Republic's small wind fleet almost doubled in 2006, with 26.9 MW added, to bring the total to 56.35 MW. The European Commission (EC) says faster growth is needed for the country to reach its 8% by the 2010 target. It gets 4% from renewables today.

According to the EC, the country's revised renewable energy support program, which came into effect in August 2005, should help. It guarantees fixed power purchase prices for 15 years. The rate for plant coming on this year and last is CZK 2.46/kWh (EUR 0.081/kWh). While the long term nature of the agreement is deemed attractive, wind farm operators can instead negotiate a green bonus with the transmission system operator each year which is paid on top of the standard market price.

Czech wind capacity could top 100 MW, possibly by the end of 2007. The U tri Panu development, first slated in the 1990s, finally saw three Enercon 2 MW units go up last year and the German developer, WSB Neue Energien, says another 30 units are planned for site, though it might take a while. More Vestas turbines are also due to be installed this year. Two Vestas 2 MW machines were commissioned in Pavlov in July, at a project developed by Czech firm KV Venti for operator APB Plzen, adding to the two 850 kW Vestas machines already at the site. And a 2 MW unit went up in Drahany towards the end of the year, bringing Vestas' cumulative Czech capacity to 20 MW. For 2007, Czech wind developer Windenergie, based in Teplice, plans to commission five Vestas 2 MW machines at Jindrichovice and another three at Vrbice.

The other 2006 installations were three Nordex 2.5 MW turbines at a site in the Rusova (Oar) mountains for operator Greenlines Rusova, a project receiving a EUR 2 million subsidy from the German environment ministry, and two Fuhrländer machines at Anenska Studanka, reports consultant Neela Winkelmann of Ökologische Beratung Deutschland/Tschechien.

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