Steady progress with Anemon wind plant now online

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Wind power in Turkey continues its steady growth with the completion last month of the 30.4 MW Anemon project near Çanakkale to the north of Izmir, which brings Turkey's total installed capacity to 146.75 MW. Anemon, which consists of 38 Enercon 800 kW turbines, was developed by local owner-operator Demirer Holding in association with Interwind, an engineering consultant company and Turkish wind developer based in Zurich. Ownership is split 50-50 between Demirer and local company Ado Energy. The plant rates as Turkey's second biggest installation after the 39.2 MW Mare station, co-owned by Demirer and Enercon and just squeezing ahead of Bilgin Energy's 30 MW Bares-II plant. Next up for Demirer will be its 15.4 MW Burgaz project, 35 kilometres from Anemon, where 19 Enercon 800 kW turbines are due to start turning at the end of July, followed by another 30.4 MW at Sayalar by the end of the year; both projects are co-owned by Demirer and local production and distribution company Polat Energy. According to Önder Demirer, his company expects to have another 490 MW up and running by 2010.

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