Germany

Germany

Largest in Europe - Wind farm in the works

Europe's largest wind station so far -- a 36 MW project of 57 turbines -- is to be built at an inland site in North Rhine Westfalia, according to wind developer Winkra-Project of Hannover. The Detmold district government on August 6 approved installation of the plant at Lichtenau near Paderborn.

Once on line from mid 1997, output is expected to be 70 million kWh a year. Winkra is to own 20 of the turbines while an operating company set up by local citizens, Asselfelner Windkraft, and several individual farmers will own the remainder. The wind turbine supplier has yet to be selected.

Project planning was completed in less than six months, says Winkra, under a planning procedure introduced after German reunification to accelerate developments in eastern Germany. This procedure is now used throughout the country for industrial complexes in urban areas. The Lichtenau project is the first wind plant to also take advantage of the procedure, which allows concurrent rather than consecutive treatment of the various building licence permits, says Winkra.

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