EDP brings first 20 MW online at Margonin wind park

The 20 MW first phase of Margonin wind park near Poznan in Poland is to start generating electricity next year, says EDP Renováveis, the renewables arm of Portugal's national utility, EDP. The 100 MW second phase of the project is planned for completion in the first half of 2010, it adds. The project -- which will be Poland's biggest wind plant when completed by the end of the year -- will comprise 60 Gamesa 2 MW turbines (Windpower Monthly, February 2008). It is the first in a portfolio of planned wind projects in Poland totalling 1022 MW, acquired by EDP as part of its EUR 54 million purchase of Polish wind park developer Relax Wind Parks last December. In total, EDP plans to invest around EUR 1.2 billion in wind projects in Poland. It also hopes to use Poland as a springboard into other central and eastern European countries such as Romania and Bulgaria, says EDP president António Mexia.