RWE to develop 17 MW Polish wind farm

RWE of Germany has invested in a 17 MW Opalenica onshore wind farm in Poland.

According to the deal, seven N117 2.4MW turbines supplied by Nordex will be installed in the Poznan region.

Nordex has signed a 15-year premium service contract for the machines.

It is expected that the wind farm will have an above-average capacity factor of 34 percent. The overall height of the systems has been capped at 150 meters.

The project plans to be connected to the country’s electricity grid by the end of 2015.

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“Poland is an important core market for us. The Opalenica project represented Poland’s strategic importance to RWE,” said, Hans Bünting, managing director, RWE Innogy.

This is RWE’s seventh wind power project in Poland. Once completed, the company’s total installed capacity of wind farms will reach 214 megawatts.

In 2014, Poland launched a draft law announcing long-term subsidies for renewable energy, aiming to cut costs for consumers.

The Polish Renewable Energies Act will convert the subsidy scheme into a tendering scheme and the auctioning system will be applied for all plants commissioned after the Act has come into effect.

Operators who already supply electricity into the grid for the first time before the end of 2015 can choose between either the old or the new system.

“For the time being, we will opt for the tried and proven certificate system for projects where we can choose,” added Bünting.

Poland needs to increase renewable energy to 15 percent of the total by 2020 to meet European Union rules on carbon emissions.

Sabeena Wahid
editor@greentechlead.com