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Developers and investors pioneering wind's entry into the Turkish market received strategic help at the second international Sarigerme wind energy workshop in Ortaca, Turkey, in June. "The aim was to show that it is not necessary to repeat the mistakes of the conventional decision making process of the industrialised nations," reports organiser Tanay Sidki Uyar. Speakers from Germany, Holland and England were among the 75 participants sharing their experience of local and national authorities in wind energy applications, among other things. Turkish civil servants and utility spokesmen also discussed grid connection and legal issues. "These matters are critical for efficient implementation of wind energy projects in Turkey," Uyar says. Mehmet Hanagasioglu of Interwind in Zurich discussed the experiences of a Swiss developer in Turkey. Giving presentations on financing and technology development were Demirer Holding of Istanbul, Mees Pierson and Garrad Hassan & Partners of the UK. Four wind turbine manufacturers were also on hand: Austrian Windtec, German Dewind with partner Sandtek and NEG Micon of Denmark.

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