The project was supported by the German Bundesministerium für Zusammenarbeit (BMZ), the federal ministry of economic co-operation in collaboration with the China Exim bank and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Development. The investment, about DEM 15 million, was financed for the most part through a long term loan from the German Ministry. It also covers a service contract with AN Maschinenbau which will maintain the wind station over the coming years.
AN Maschinenbau describes the 16 month project period -- from the invitation for tenders to turnkey completion -- as "extremely short" and "worthy of note as this was the first wind project handled by the BMZ since the times of Aeroman." Aeroman was a German manufacturer of wind turbines in the 1980s.
The Hainan Dongfang wind plant is the third AN Maschinenbau installation in China. Three AN Bonus 450 kW machines went in the ground at the Dabancheng Wind Power Plant in mid 1996 to form part of a 5 MW wind station operated by the Xinjiang Wind Energy Company in the province of Xinjiang. At about the same time, seven AN Bonus 150 kW machines were installed at the 1.05 MW Buerjin Wind Power Plant for Buerjin Hydro Power Company, also in the province of Xinjiang.