June 19 (Renewables Now) - Germany's Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) today opened the 90-MW innogy Zuidwester wind farm along the shore of the IJsselmeer lake in the Netherlands.
The wind farm is part of the larger 430-MW Noordoostpolder wind power project, which consists of 86 wind turbines erected both in the water and on land along the dikes of the IJsselmeer and operated by different partners. The event marks the inauguration of the entire project.
Innogy, a subsidiary of RWE AG (ETR:RWE), has invested about EUR 150 million (USD 168m) in the Zuidwester wind farm. It features 12 pieces of 7.5-MW Enercon wind turbines, currently the world's most powerful onshore turbines, that replaced 50 machines installed during the 1980s and 1990s.
"The Noordoostpolder wind energy project and its Zuidwester subproject demonstrate that, with regard to restructuring of the energy system, the renewables are pushing forward into large-scale industry dimensions and effectively use limited land resources," said Enercon GmbH chief executive Hans-Dieter Kettwig.
Construction work for the Zuidwester wind farm started in March 2014, while work on the first wind turbine was completed in the autumn of 2015. The 12 turbines were commissioned in stages and since the beginning of 2017 they have all been supplying power to the grid.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.120)