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First wind farm permit in central region of Marches

The central Italian region of Marches has authorised its first wind farm, a 25 MW project spearheaded by Milan-based project company Garbino Eolica, to be located in the town of Pergola. The wind farm will use ten, 2.5 MW machines, but Paolo Guitamacchi, of Garbino parent company Le Fattorie del Vento, says the turbine supplier has not yet been chosen. "We are negotiating with potential suppliers because there is a market in which it is now possible to negotiate," he says, a reference to falling turbine prices as demand dwindles in response to the global recession. Guitamacchi expects the plant to be operational by June 2010. The Marches region wants to boost combined wind capacity to 160 MW by 2015. In addition, Le Fattorie del Vento is developing projects in the Italian regions of Emilia Romagna and Piedmont. A 90 MW project in Portoscuso on the island of Sardinia being built by Enel was also initially developed by the company.

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