German wind power capacity growth slows

03 Aug 2010
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Germany will not add as much wind power capacity to its national grid as it did last year, the Federal Association for Wind Energy has stated.

Association president Hermann Albers told Dow Jones that the level of new capacity in the country will not quite be as high in 2010 as last year.

Chief executive of German Engineering Federation branch VDMA Power Systems Thorsten Herdan agreed with the predictions made by Mr Albers.

He stated that around 38,000 megawatts of new wind power capacity will be added in the country this year, down slightly on the 2009 figures.

"We can't say we weren't hit by the economic crisis," said Mr Herdan. "We can say we were hurt less than other industries."

Last month, Reuters reported that the German Federal Network Agency has stated that the country is producing more solar power than ever.

Network Agency chief Matthias Kurth said there has been a "flood" of new solar power installations in Germany in the first six months of 2010. 

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