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INSTALLED CAPACITY INCREASED BY 75% IN 1995

Installed wind capacity in the Netherlands increased by almost 75% in 1995 -- from 135 MW to 230 MW. There are now 860 wind turbines turning in the country -- about the same number as there are traditional windmills. Subsidies to wind plant in 1995 -- the last year in which they were available -- amounted to NLG 32.5 million and were granted to 41.1 MW of wind plant which has been or is being built. From 1996 return on wind investments is totally reliant on sales of power, but green tax credits are available. Of the capacity installed a trend towards bigger turbines of 500 kW and more is clearly evident, though masked in the statistics because of the popularity of the Lagerwey 18/80 turbine with farmers and wind co-operatives.

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