German developer begins construction of Slovakia's first wind farm

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German renewables developer Aufwind Schmack has started construction of the Slovak Republic's first wind project. Four Vestas 660 kW turbines are being installed in the municipality of Cerova, about 80 kilometres north of Bratislava in the Small Carpathian mountain range. The plant is scheduled to go online in the third quarter of 2003 and will generate an annual 3.6 MWh of electricity. The project is supported under the EU's PHARE program. Aufwind Schmack started out in 1996 as Aufwind Windenergie and is a sister company to biogas equipment manufacturer Schmack Biogas of Burglengenfeld. Based in Regensburg, the company has installed more than 40 turbines in 25 wind power stations throughout Germany, most of them in Bavaria, and hopes to increase its tally to 50 operational wind stations by the end of 2003.

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