Engie Electrabel last week announced the addition of nine more turbines to the Greensky wind farm in eastern Belgium that have lifted the facility’s capacity by 18 MW.
The wind park in Gingelom, Limburg province, previously consisted of seven turbines, which supplied power for trains in the Belgian railway network. The machines will power three lines for high-speed and regular trains and provide electricity to the local grid.
The installation of the new turbines is estimated at EUR 30 million (USD 33.7m). They will be able to generate 58,000 MWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply 16,000 local homes and eliminate about 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The wind farm is part of the Greensky project that will have 25 turbines of 50 MW in total in six towns, four provinces and two regions of Belgium, once fully completed. Engie Electrabel, which is the Belgian unit of French energy group Engie (EPA:ENGI), owns the project company together with rail network manager Infrabel, the Brussels Electrical Intercommunity and the town of Sint-Truiden.
Engie Electrabel aims to add at least 60 MW of renewable energy capacity per year to accomplish its goal of having 500 MW of green energy plants in 2020.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.