First quarter wind installation figures

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In the first quarter of this year, 170 wind turbines totalling 191 MW went up in Germany, bringing the national total to about 8050 machines and 4635 MW, reports the German wind association Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). "We expect at least another 1500 MW to be installed in 2000, possibly exceeding the record figure of 1569 MW in 1999," says BWE's Peter Ahme. This would bring Germany's total to about 6000 MW. Schleswig-Holstein just topped 1000 MW during the first three months of 2000, in second place behind Lower Saxony which reached 1290 MW. The combined wind capacity of these two Länder is more than in any other single European country, says the BWE. The average size of turbine erected was 1.123 MW. German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon installed 46.3% of the new capacity, followed by American Enron subsidiary Tacke Windenergie with 14.2%, German Nordex 10.9%, Danish Vestas 10.7% and Germany's DeWind Technik with 8.2%.

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