Innogy has commissioned the 90MW Zuidwester windfarm at the Noordoostpolder complex in the Netherlands.

With an investment of around €150m, Innogy's 90MW first phase of the project features 127.5MW turbines built by Enercon. These will have a total height of 200m.

The new turbines have replaced 50 old turbines installed between 1980s and 1990s. The 430MW Noordoostpolder complex consists of 86 turbines, which are operated by different partners. Their combined output is sufficient enough to power around 400,000 households a year.

Innogy Renewables' chief operating officer Hans Bünting said: “We built Zuidwester at a wind site that has a long tradition and that has always placed great emphasis on pioneering spirit.

"Wind turbines have developed into one of the most cost-effective means of generating electricity."

“The first and, for their time, most advanced turbines already began turning here in the 1980s. Significant progress has been made since then. Thanks to enormous advances in this technology, wind turbines have developed into one of the most cost-effective means of generating electricity, something that is clearly shown by the results of the latest wind auctions.

“That is why we are backing the continued expansion of wind energy and, in the process, making our contribution to the success of the European energy transition.”

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Innogy started construction of the Zuidwester windfarm in 2014 and completed work on the first wind turbine a year after.

Image: Innogy Zuidwester windfarm in Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands. Photo: courtesy of innogy.