January 11 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s PNE (ETR:PNE3) on Thursday announced it has completed the repowering of its Gerdau-Schwienau wind farm in Lower Saxony, a project that has raised the plant’s capacity to 21.6 MW.
The wind park now consists of six N131 Nordex turbines with nominal capacities of 3.6MW each and hub heights of 99 metres (325 ft). The machines replace 13 turbines at the original wind farm that was installed in 2011. Following the upgrade, the plant is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the demand of over 13,500 homes.
PNE has completed the repowering as planned, before the end of 2018. It will operate the facility as part of a portfolio consisting mainly of German and French wind projects slated for commissioning in 2020. The plants have a combined capacity of 200 MW.
Including the Gerdau-Schwienau wind farm, some 64.6 MW of capacity under the 2020 portfolio is currently operational, PNE said.