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A request for proposals for wind turbines is being issued for a US government-backed project in Indonesia. The "Wind for Islands and Non-Governmental Development" or WIND project is backed by the World Bank's Global Environment Facility and the US Agency for International Development. Responses must be received by May 31 by Winrock International in Morrilton, Arkansas. Winrock is seeking 16 turbines, says Mark Huisen of the foundation's Washington office. The request is for six 500-800 watt turbines, five 10 kW turbines and five 1-2 kW turbines, he says. They would be used for various applications such as rural electrification, irrigation water pumping, and telecommunications including education at long distance. The tender is for the first phase of the three-year project, under way so far for a year. The next procurement is expected to be large. Winrock is a foundation originally founded by one of the Rockefellers, Winthrop Rockefeller, of Arkansas.

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