The Netherlands has begun construction of the 322MW Windpark Zeewolde windfarm. This will be the largest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands and the largest community-owned wind farm in Europe and is headed by Mott MacDonald, the lender’s technical advisor on the project. The project is going to be located near the city of Almere and will involve the construction of 83 new Vestas turbines to replace more than 200 existing wind turbines in the same area. This will result in the generation of almost three times more energy with half the number of turbines.
The project is expected to be completed by 2022 and equipment deliveries for the project are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2021. Once online, the Windpark Zeewolde windfarm in the central Netherlands will be capable of producing electricity for more than 250,000 households. Its output is contracted under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB. “We are convinced that we have signed strong partners with Vestas and Rabobank with whom we can now carry out the construction of wind farms quickly and efficiently,” says Sjoerd Sieburgh Sjoerdsma, Managing Director Windpark Zeewolde BV. “In October 2019 we already started with the construction of the substation and the infrastructure of the wind farm. This was based on funding from our community that shows the trust and entrepreneurial spirit of our community. Now with Vestas and Rabobank we can start the construction of the turbines ”.
“I am excited that our new client Windpark Zeewolde BV has chosen Vestas as a partner for such a unique wind energy project in my home country. It is a great step for the supply of renewable energy in the region and, together with our partners We hope to reactivate the largest community wind farm in Europe, which is also the largest onshore wind project in the Netherlands, “says Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern and Central Europe.” Leveraging customized wind power solutions with the Lower leveled energy cost, this repowering project, which more than 90 percent of the nearby community supports as shareholders, will almost triple annual energy production. “