Installation still going strong

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German wind energy capacity has increased so far this year by some 511 MW, to reach 3388 MW by mid 1999, reports the German wind institute Deutsche Windenergie Institut (DEWI). The organisation predicts that by the end of the year wind capacity will surpass 4000 MW. Some DEM 1.125 billion was invested in new wind plant during the first half of the year and the average size of plant installed reached 843 kW, says DEWI. Most megawatts were installed by home company Enercon with a 30.9% share of the market, followed by German-Danish Nordex with 17.8% and Vestas Deutschland with 14%. Lower Saxony is so far home to the largest number of new turbines this year -- 126 units with a combined generating capacity of 117.45 MW. Lower Saxony now has a total of 1841 turbines (936.4 MW). Schleswig-Holstein is home to 93 new turbines (73.61 MW), while in the east German land of Saxony Anhalt, 76 turbines went in the ground (74.21 MW).

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