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Italians adopt Gaia-Wind for outstanding results

January 13, 2010

In November 2009, Gaia-Wind installed their first two wind turbines in Southern Italy. Following the success of several Gaia-Wind installations in the north of the country, the demand for small wind turbines in Italy is steadily increasing. In close co-operation with our local distributor, Viento (based in Eboli and Foggia), and led by long term Italian wind expert Francesco Paraggio, the project has proved a great success for all parties involved.

Small wind turbines have proven to be an attractive investment for domestic buyers and small commercial businesses in Italy due to the Feed-In tariff the Italian government introduced at the start of 2009. The incentive system, which is similar to the tariff being introduced to the UK in April 2010, rewards those who invest in green energy with payments based on energy generated. These tariffs support the actual production of energy by small wind turbines, in contrast to previous capital grant schemes where the installation costs are supplemented but there is no on-going payment.

One reason the Gaia-Wind 133-11 kW turbine has seen so much success in Italy is down to the unique design. The turbine has been created with a larger rotor diameter than its competitors and has been specifically modified for optimum power generation in areas of moderate wind. The wind speeds in Italy (in the South 4.5-6.5 m/s while in the North generally below 4.5 m/s) are perfect for a Gaia-Wind turbine, where it is vital to have a large rotor in order to generate good revenues.

The Italian small wind turbine market has seen significant growth over the past five years and there are a number of strong products that have been developed by Italian manufacturers. However the majority of these turbines require much higher wind speeds to achieve similar performance output to the Gaia-Wind 133-11 kW turbine, which has been optimised to perform best in moderate wind speeds.

In the South of Italy Gaia-wind is represented by Viento (below Rome and including Sicily), and by BluMiniPower in the North (above Rome and in Sardinia).

The foundations are laid – one of the first wind turbines in Southern Italy, where owner Mr Canio Viggiano watches on:


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