As well as supporting wind energy in developing countries through a research ministry budget, Germany also provides money for the same purpose through its Eldorado programme, introduced in October 1991. The aim of this five year programme, administered by the Jülich Research Centre, is to develop, test, demonstrate and improve wind and photovoltaic systems under climatic, economic, social and organisational conditions different from those found in Germany. Of the envisaged 20 MW wind capacity to be installed, 4.95 MW is now operating. Under Eldorado, the Federal Research Ministry provides a maximum 70% of the cost of the turbine at the factory gate while the partner country carries the remaining 30% and all additional costs. The operators must keep a log book to document the plant performance which is then reported back to the manufacturing company.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol