Power utility RWE Innogy is set to add 21.6MW of wind generation capacity in Germany this week.
The company, along with Germany-based BMR Windenergie, will officially commission the 13.6MW Jüchen wind farm in the Rhine district of Neuss.
Located on a recultivated site of RWE Power’s Garzweiler opencast mine, the project saw four wind turbines with a 3.4MW installed capacity erected within six months.
Out of the four systems at the wind power plant, two will be operated by RWE Innogy, while the remaining two will be operated by BMR Windenergie.
The facility will generate an estimated 32,500MWh of clean electricity annually, which is enough to power about 9,300 homes in the region and avoid nearly 25,00t of annual carbon dioxide emissions.
BMR Windenergie chief executive Guido Beckers said the Jüchen wind farm’s commissioning demonstrated the expansion of renewable energy and employment in the region.
"The onshore turbines of the 3MW-class used on the former surface mine territory are the most powerful of their kind," added Beckers.
In a separate agreement, the German utility is also set to connect the Hörup wind farm in the state of Schleswig-Holstein to the grid; the facility has been repowered from 2MW to 8MW.
The Hörup wind power plant is being bought by joint venture company Green Gecco, which is co-owned by RWE Innogy and 29 municipal utilities and suppliers.
With three windpower systems, the project will generate nearly 17,000MWh of electricity a year, which is enough renewable energy to power more than 4,800 homes in the region.
Image: The 8MW Hörup onshore wind farm, which comprises three turbines, is located in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: courtesy of RWE Innogy.