6000 MW in sight

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Germany has added 528.24 MW (493 turbines) of wind capacity in the first six months of the year, bringing the national total to 4970 MW provided by 8370 machines, according to wind energy association Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE) and wind institute DEWI. By end 2000, BWE predicts German wind capacity will reach 6000 MW provided by 9000 turbines. At the end of June there were enough wind plant installed to generate about 9 TWh of electricity a year, or about 2% of national power consumption. A trend in ever larger turbines is clear. Average turbine size installed from January to June last year was 0.84 MW, compared to 1.07 MW this year. Enercon is once again market leader with a share of 36% of new installations, followed by Vestas Deutschland (13.5%), Tacke/Enron Wind (10.6%) and AN Windenergie (10.3%). More than a third of the new capacity was installed in the two northern coastal Länder, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony.

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