Europe's largest wind station inaugurated in Lower Saxony

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Europe's largest wind station with an installed capacity of 70 MW was inaugurated last month near Emden in the coastal Ostfriesland region of Germany's state of Lower Saxony. The EUR 92 million Wybelsumer Polder station comprises 54 turbines and was developed by Emden company IfE Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energieprojekte. Enercon supplied 43 MW of machines, while 7 MW came from Tacke, now GE Wind Energy. The wind plant has a diverse ownership. Investors in a wind fund called Windpark Wybelsumer Polder own 30 MW; regional utility EWE has 25.5 MW, Enercon 7.5 MW, the municipal utility of Emden 6.5 MW and a single private individual has 0.5 MW. The station's annual electricity generation will be about 180,000 MWh, or 180 GWh, enough to supply a town of 27,000 residents.

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