Largest station in the Netherlands

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Dutch power company Nuon together with 23 local farmers kicked off the new wind year with the opening of the 54 MW Wieringermeer wind farm, which has been some eight years in the planning. Comprising four separate sites in the Wieringermeer region in Noord Holland the wind station will be the biggest in the Netherlands when completed later this year, says Nuon.

The four projects are Oudelandertocht (20 MW), Groettocht (11.5 MW), Waardtocht (8.5 MW) and Waterkaaptocht (14 MW). Oudelandertocht and Waardtocht are now operational. Groettocht and Waterkaaptocht will begin production this spring. All use Vestas 1.8 MW turbines. The wind station should provide power for 41,000 households. Output will be sold to Nuon for onward sale to its 200,000 green power "Natuurstroom" customers. The EUR 65 million was provided through a 50/50 capital split between Nuon and the 23 farmers, who also provided the land. A government subsidy of EUR 3.26 million was paid out of CO2 reduction funds.

At the project's official opening, Nuon director Ludo van Halderen reaffirmed the power company's commitment to playing a lead role in European renewables development. He said Nuon aimed to expand its renewables portfolio to 2000 MW within the next few years. The Amsterdam-based company currently holds 412 MW own capacity -- excluding the Wieringermeer project -- and has contracts for the output of privately owned wind farms with a combined generating capacity of 133 MW.

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