German partnership investigates wind potential in Paita

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A public-private partnership (PPP) deal between two German companies and the German development bank Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) is enabling a feasibility study of the potential for wind power in the coastal region near the north Peruvian town of Paita. Ecojoule at Neustadt am Rübenberger and KLT Consult Klare und Thöne-Böhn of Garbsen have set up a working group to co-operate with the Paita town government to carry out the study for a wind project by the end of 2002. It will examine wind conditions, the local infrastructure as well as financing for the first 10 MW of the project. A wind measuring station is to be installed this month and first turbines may be installed in 2003, says Alexander Jäger-Bloh of Ecojoule. The project will be the first grid connected wind station in Peru. "The DEG is keen on developing CO2 certificate trading as a contribution to project financing in developing countries," adds Jäger-Bloh. "But the feasibility study will also look at other possibilities of gaining public support, such as achieving flexibility on the 15% import tax for wind turbines."

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