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December 21, 2012
Paul Gipe

Nordfriesland--Germany's Community Wind Capital

The model community of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke-Koog is located within the kreis or county of Nordfriesland in the North German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Nordfriesland has 166,000 inhabitants within its 2,050 square kilometers.

In Nordfriesland, more than 90% of all wind-turbines (700) are citizen owned, says Hans-Detlef Feddersen. These community-owned wind turbines generate 1.3 TWh per year and produce €7.6 million in business taxes, €3.7 million in lease revenues, and sales revenue of €2.4 million per year.

There are 6,000 investors in wind energy in Nordfriesland, some 4% of the population.


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