German developer installs 80 MW in the Italian Campania mountains

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Contracts have been signed for an 80 MW wind station about 100 kilometres east of Naples in the mountains of Campania. The project, by German renewables developer BVT Entwicklungsgesellschaft für Umweltprojekte, part of the BVT Group, and Siemens Nederland, is due for completion by the end of next year. The companies will install 130, 600 kW wind turbines over an area of 741 hectares with average wind speeds of more than 7.5 m/s at a hub height of 50 metres. The site lies 700-1250 metres above sea level. BVT reports that all the major wind companies have responded to its tender for the project and that it will be making a decision on the technology supplier this month. The local authority has authorised the project and a construction permit is expected before the end of the year, BVT reports. Siemens Nederland -- the global wind energy headquarters of the giant Siemens Group -- will act as general contractor for installation. The project will cost about EUR 80 million, with the developer putting up EUR 20-30 million in capital. The remainder will be raised by launching a wind investment fund, BVT says.

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