First 7.5 MW turbine at Zuidwester wind farm in operation

Commissioning of the first turbine in Zuidwester (Photo: RWE Innogy)
Commissioning of the first turbine in Zuidwester (Photo: RWE Innogy)

The first turbine at Zuidwester wind farm in the Netherlands started operation. Along the shore of the IJsselmeer, RWE Innogy replaces 50 older models with twelve of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7.5 MW each.

Construction work on the Zuidwester wind farm is in full swing on the dyke along the shore of the IJsselmeer. On November 3rd, the first of twelve wind turbines has been successfully put into operation. For the Zuidwester project, RWE Innogy is replacing 50 turbines installed during the late 1980s and early 1990s by large new turbines. The new Enercon onshore wind turbines are one of the largest in the world with a hub height of 135 m and a capacity of 7.5 MW each. Each of the new Zuidwester turbines can generate as much electricity as all 50 turbines of the old wind farm combined. The total investment is over € 150 million.

Technological progress increases output of a proven site

Hans Bünting, CEO of RWE Innogy, explains: “Between 1987 and 1991, the wind farm at this excellent site was not only our largest wind project, but also the largest of its kind in Europe with 50 turbines and a total capacity of 15 MW. We are now building the Zuidwester wind farm with twelve turbines and a total capacity of 90 MW, which again makes it one of RWE’s largest wind farms. Technological progress is taking on concrete form here.”


Hans-Dieter Kettwig, CEO of Enercon, says: “The Noordoostpolder wind energy project, of which the Zuidwester wind farm is part, is one of the most ambitious onshore wind energy schemes in Europe. It shows that renewables are moving into production on a large industrial scale in the transformation of the energy system. Together with other decentralised onshore projects, large renewable power plants of this kind are making a decisive contribution to the success of the energy transition.”

Katharina Garus / RWE Innogy

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