Belgium will join the ranks of countries taking advantage of Renewable Energy through the use of wind power when a southern province becomes home to six new turbines.Lübeck, Belgium – November 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Belgium will join the ranks of countries taking advantage of Renewable Energy through the use of wind turbines when a southern province becomes home to six new turbines. DeWind, the Lübeck-based subsidiary of FKI’s Energy Technology Group, which manufacturers wind turbines, will deliver six DeWind D6 turbines to Sainte-Ode in Wallon, Belgium. Work on the wind farm, which will have a rated power of 7.5 MW and will be the largest in the French-speaking part of Belgium, will begin in December. “This project will provide us with an excellent stepping stone in Belgium and France,” said Hugo L. Schippmann, DeWind’s managing director. Six DeWind D6 wind energy converters, each with a rated power of 1.25 MW will be installed at the Sainte-Ode wind farm in the province of Wallon in the South of Belgium near the Luxembourg border. The generators will have a rotor diameter of 64 meters and a hub height of 91.5 meters. The site provides excellent conditions where the average annual wind speed at hub height has been measured at approx. 6.9 m/s. The wind farm is expected to generate around 18,000 MWh annually which will be a sufficient electricity supply for more than 5,000 households. The Renewable Power Company will operate the wind farm. Claude Boever, its Managing Director, also operates a wind farm with DeWind generators in nearby Luxembourg. “This wind farm is a pilot project for the Wallon,” said Schippmann, DeWind’s Managing Director, emphasizing the importance of the project in Sainte-Ode. “So far, only two stand-alone wind energy converters have been operating in the Wallon”. The new net-metering legislation in France and the emission certificates valid in Belgium, have opened up new market opportunities, according to the company.