New subsidy rules

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Two eastern German Länder have passed new rules for investment support to renewable energies. Support is now available in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for wind turbines planned for sites where "wind speeds do not exceed 5.5 m/second at a height of 30m and/or where grid connection requires high investment." The maximum support possible is 10% of eligible investment. And in Sachsen, support is available for new wind turbines over 250 kW, operating for 1600-2000 full load hours a year. Furthermore, turbines must be installed in areas officially earmarked for wind development. A subsidy of up to DEM 150/kW is possible, or around 9% of a 600 kW machine's price. At the end of 1996, there were 237 turbines installed in the coastal land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern amounting to 86 MW of rated capacity, according to wind energy institute DEWI. In Sachsen, 159 turbines were turning, amounting to nearly 71 MW.

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