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LEITWIND and Italgen inaugurate its second wind farm in Bulgaria
Vipiteno, 04/15/2011
The successful cooperation between LEITWIND, a producer of gearless wind turbines and the Italian based company Italgen, a subsidiary of Italcementi Group, world’s fifth largest cement producer led to the realization of the second wind farm in Bulgaria (Kavarna II).

The inauguration took place during the conference with the topic “Renewable Energy from the thoughts to the implementation”, which was organized by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Confindustria (Bulgarian subsidiary of the Italian Chamber of Commerce) and ICE (Italian Institute of Foreign Affairs) in Sofia. During the attendance of the Italian ambassador in Bulgaria, Stefano Benazzo and the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment Nona Karadjova, Anton Seeber, CEO LEITWIND and Giuseppe De Beni, CEO Italgen presented the key figures about the second wind farm. The wind park was constructed in considerable short time of eight month.

The 9 MW wind farm site is located in the north-eastern part of Bulgaria, approximately 10 km from the coastline of the Black Sea. Kavarna II consists of 5 LEITWIND LTW77 and one LEITWIND LTW80 with a nominal power of 1,5 MW each. The expected annual production of the 9MW wind farm is approximately 23 GWh.

LEITWIND and Italgen have formed a joint venture in 2010 (wind farm operator Gardawind S.r.l.) with the goal to build and operate wind farms. Kavarna I, which is also operated by the joint venture, was put into operation in 2009. As its sister farm Kavarna II, Kavarna I consists of 5 LEITWIND LTW77 and one LEITWIND LTW80 with a nominal power of 1,5 MW each. The two wind farms, Kavarna I and Kavarna II, produce annually renewable energy for 14.000 households and reduce carbon emission by 22.232 t/a.

“Our adventure in Bulgaria” – stated Mr. Anton Seeber – “began already in the year 2006 when we delivered to a local client three wind power plants. Together with Italgen we could implement two further wind parks in Kavarna. Both projects are a testimonial how important Eastern Europe became for our company. Today renewable energy is not an alternative anymore, but an indispensable necessity.”

“The Italcementi Group has been present since the nineties in Bulgaria” – underlines Mr. Giuseppe de Beni” – “through the cooperation with LEITWIND it was possible to grow further internationally in the renewable industry business. This is not only a part of the business plan, but it represents as well the interest of the group to support the sustainable development.”

With the speech the Ministry of Environment has reinforced to support sustainable the potential of the wind energy and finalized his speech as following: “Under this aspect, the cooperation with Italian companies is a key role”

The Kavarna II wind farm has been financed by UniCredit Leasing Bulgaria with a 12 years-long limited recourse leasing. The financing deal, following closely in size and features the previous Kavarna I twin deal, has been arranged by the Bulgarian subsidiary of UniCredit Leasing in cooperation with the group’s Renewable Energy Competence Centre in Vienna and the International Leasing pool in Milan

LEITWIND is a member of the Leitner Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of ropeways under the trade name LEITNER. The core of the LEITWIND wind turbines is an innovative, patented generator with permanent magnets which guarantees an optimal energy yield. In addition, the gearless technology provides greater efficiency with less noise emission and fewer maintenance requirements.

Italgen was established in 2001 with the aim of exploiting the production and distribution of electricity for Italcementi Group, one of the top five global players in the cement and concrete sector, active in 22 countries and present in Bulgaria with Devnya Cement and Vulkan Cement. Consistently with the commitment of Italcementi Group in implementing ambitious sustainable development policies, Italgen operates a net of 14 hydroelectric power plants in Italy and has been developing wind farm projects in the Mediterranean basin and Eastern Europe.