Denmark weighs up offshore wind vs solar PV

Timetable for Horns Rev III & Kreigers Flak under scrutiny

A negotiating text being used by Denmark’s main political parties to decide how to give a "more strategic" role to roof-based solar photovoltaic (PV) has been published, sparking public disagreement about whether it would be acceptable to delay the construction of two large offshore wind farms in order to fund more rapid roll-out of solar PV installation.

In the document, the option of delaying the beginning of construction of the 400MW Horns Rev III and 600MW Kreigers Flak projects is outlined. The deadline for the projects' full commissioning would remain 2020. Windpower Offshore understands that publication of the document is part of a strategy of greater openness and transparency by the Danish government.

The Danish wind industry argues that the proposed delay to Horns Rev 3 and Kreigers Flak could lead to increased costs and that such tight scheduling would be risky, given that the 1GW in new offshore capacity will be needed to meet the country’s target of achieving 50% wind-generated electricity consumption.