December 11 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables on Tuesday announced the commissioning of its repowered 34.5-MW Eckolstadt wind farm in the German state of Thuringia.
The wind farm previously consisted of 11 turbines with a combined capacity of 14.5 MW, installed back in 1999. France-based EDF secured a planning permission for the repowering project and signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of the upgraded facility in 2016.
Under the repowering scheme, which was initiated early in 2018 by EDF’s subsidiary REETEC, the company rebuilt the wind farm using 10 new-generation turbines. The output of the machines is expected to meet the demand of around 18,500 local homes.
The repowering was carried out as part of EDF Group’s strategy to double its installed renewable energy capacity to 50 GW between 2015 and 2030. The French company said it is assessing the possibilities for repowering other wind parks in Germany and France, where it is evaluating four projects.