Innogy wins contract in Germany’s first onshore wind auction
> innogy succeeds in hotly contested area of grid expansion
> Contract awarded for constructing and operating Sommerlandonshore repowering project
> High-performance partner for developing and operating wind projects
innogy has successfully participated in Germany’s first onshore wind auction. Along with projects proposed by other bidders, innogy’s Sommerland repowering project was chosen to be realised in Schleswig-Holstein, a hotly contested region for grid expansion. The German Federal Network Agency thus confirmed that innogy tendered one of the most competitive bids. The price offered by innogy will determine the remuneration for the first 20 years of operation. It is planned to begin constructing the wind farm in the third quarter of 2017. Commissioning is planned for spring of 2018.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded a contract for our Sommerland project during the first onshore wind power auction in Germany. We have thus shown we can successfully hold our own in a very competitive market environment. Moreover, it is further proof of the excellent work we have done in recent years. The award of the contract also demonstrates that we are a high-performance partner for developing and operating wind projects. Thanks to our extensive know-how and our approach to cooperating with partners on an individual basis, we are now one of the largest onshore wind farm operators in Europe. We intend to continue growing in our core markets and beyond.”
Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE
With projects such as the Sommerland wind farm, innogy is gradually expanding its onshore wind portfolio of more than 1900 megawatts. Also with offshore wind power, innogy is one of the largest operators in Europe with an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts.
Sommerland wind farm
innogy operates four 1.5 MW wind turbines, supplied by manufacturer Enercon, in Sommerland in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The wind farm was expanded in 2016 by adding four 2 MW turbines manufactured by Senvion. innogy operates three of these turbines. The company sold permission and rights to the fourth turbine to Bürgerwindpark Sommerland Verwaltungs GmbH, which installed the turbine on its own. In the new project, the four wind turbines dating from 1999 will be replaced by three modern 2 MW turbines manufactured by Senvion. Total installed capacity will be 6 MW. The project received planning permission in March 2017. Both the height of the hub and the diameter of the rotors will be 100 metres. Once repowered, innogy’s Sommerland wind farm will have a total of six turbines with an installed capacity of 12 MW.
Onshore building projects
The Sommerland repowering project is the third wind farm that innogy has launched in 2017. In the Rhineland lignite-mining district, innogy is currently building 13 wind turbines in Eschweiler with municipal partners, as well as four installations in Bergheim. Both projects are located on recultivated waste tips of opencast mining sites. Currently, innogy is also building three wind farms in the UK with a total capacity of 117 MW.