The German 250 MW programme has attracted 5198 applications for financial support. Some 56% of these have already been rejected while the rest are waiting or know already that they have been successful.

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The chances of winning support under Germany's 250 MW programme are diminishing and now stand at about 50:50. Of the total 5189 applications received, 2286 have either been successful or have not yet been decided, with 2903, or 56% of all applications rejected.

The programme has now supported the erection of over 1000 wind turbines. The administrating body, Jülich Research Centre, reports that by the end of July 1994, 1158 turbines with a nominal capacity of 130.825 MW had been granted support and are now running. The turbines represent 887 separate applications for support. The final deadline for applications under the programme is end-1995. Decisions on which will be the last projects to receive support will be made in 1996 with installation in 1997. The DEM 0.06/kWh production subsidy awarded to projects in the 250 MW programme is paid for up to ten years, so it will finally come to a close in 2007.

Applications have been made for grand total of 9113 turbines with a nominal capacity of 1523.48 MW. Of these 1086 applications for 1453 turbines, representing 187.584 MW, had been approved by the end of July, of which 56.759 MW had not been installed.

Since 1989 a good DEM 70 million has flowed through the support programme and total money spent on it is expected to eventually reach DEM 350 million. It started off as a 100 MW programme in 1989 before being expanded in 1991 to 250 MW, giving the wind industry its first real boost in Germany. The programme provided much of the ground work on which the Electricity Feed Law was based. This law sets a minimum payment by utilities for renewables electricity and now provides the economic basis for the use of wind energy. The programme has also bump-started a significant number of the wind projects running today, through which a wealth of experience has been gathered on a variety of matters, from licensing procedures and wind site characteristics to the behavioural characteristics of wind turbines.

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