Vestas Deutschland of Husum expects to sell 130-140 wind turbines in 1996, mainly 500 kW and 600 kW units. In 1995 it sold 121 turbines and in 1994, 90 units. Sales of Vestas turbines in Germany in 1995 amounted to 65 MW of capacity -- over half the 100 MW sold by the firm during the previous seven years, following the founding of a German branch of the Danish company. Turnover jumped 33% in 1995 to around DEM 110 million compared with DEM 82.6 million in 1994. Two turbines were exported in 1995: a V20/100 kW to Cheju Island in Korea and a V29/225 kW to Michelbach in Austria. The company's Thies Reimers anticipates strong growth in the coming years for the following reasons: series production of Vestas' 1.5 MW turbine will begin; regional and local zoning plant for wind plant will be completed, allowing a more ordered growth of wind capacity and improving public acceptance of wind energy; Germany's Electricity Feed Law, on which the renewables market is based, has strong political backing; and export opportunities are opening up.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol