The Slovak Republic government has issued a tender for the supply of 2.4 MW of wind power for a proposed plant in the Cerova district in the Male Karpaty region. The wind power project, which calls for four turbines of at least 600 kW each, will receive EUR 1.8 million in aid from the EU's cross-border co-operation (CBC) program -- part of the Phare program, set up to assist Eastern European countries in their preparations for joining the EU. The Cerova wind station is part of a CBC program set up by the Slovak Republic with Austria. Slovak energy policy, adopted in 1999, defines the use of renewable energies as a short term priority and the country is drawing on Austrian experience to develop wind in the border region. The pilot project will generate enough power for about 2000 people and is expected to lead to further projects.
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