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LEITWIND on course for success in Southern Italy

The South Tyrolean wind turbine manufacturer will install a wind park with 16 turbines in Apulia, province Foggia by the end of 2012. Altogether 54 LEITWIND wind turbines will produce renewable energy in Apulia by the end of this year.

The worldwide sales expectations are more than encouraging: with a plus of 22.5 percent the executive board anticipates € 200 Mio turnover.

The new wind park in Apulia with 16 wind turbines of the type LTW80 (1.5 MW) will produce 57 GWh of clean energy for over 18.000 households. At the same time around 49.000 tons of CO2 can be saved. Due to the perfect wind conditions in that region the requirement for wind production are ideal.

Leitwind was contracted by Elce Energia Spa to build the wind farm „Deliceto“ in Apulia, in the province Foggia. The association of the company group EFFEBI HOLDING of the family Bonassisa will invest a total amount of € 45 Mio in the project. The wind turbines will be delivered from Sterzing by September 2012 and the entire project will be completed within this year.

„LEITWIND is responsible for the transport, installation and commissioning of the wind park. Furthermore a full service contract for 15 year was finalized, which guarantees an efficient production and an optimal technical availability”, states LEITWIND CEO Anton Seeber. “This order is of high importance for the further development of renewable energy in this region. Moreover the project creates new jobs in a region which has to deal with a high unemployment rate”, emphasizes Seeber.

Within 2012 a total of 54 wind turbines in Apulia and 82 in whole Italy will be in operation. By end of 2011 LEITWIND was able to install overall 200 units worldwide within the short time of 5 years. Thereof the half of wind turbines were delivered in 2011 and a turnover of € 163 Mio. (+ 19 %) was generated with 691 employees. The organization invested € 5.8 Mio in R&D during the last year.

Further wind turbines are already planned and will be installed in Apulia and Basilicata this year. Also in Bulgaria, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka LEITWIND will install its innovative wind turbines. The management estimates an annual turnover of € 200 Mio. (+ 22.5 %) in 2012.

LEITWIND is part of the company group LEITNER, which is leader in the field of ropeways. The company group generated a turnover of € 795 Mio. (+ 13.5 %) in 2011 and currently 3.200 people are employed in the whole group. The whole investment counts for € 49.1 Mio and thereof € 24.8 Mio. are invested in R&D.
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Michaela Brugger

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