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Innogy opens 90MW Zuidwester with Enercon 7.5MWs

German utility Innogy today officially opened its 90MW Zuidwester wind farm adjacent to the coast of the Dutch Ijsselmeer lake featuring 12 of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, Enercon’s 7.5MW model.

The twelve state-of-the-art turbines at the Zuidwester wind farm replace 50 dating from the 1980s and 1990s. Statistically, one of the new turbines on its own can generate as much electricity as all 50 earlier models combined, Innogy says.

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“We built Zuidwester at a wind site that has a long tradition and that has always placed great emphasis on pioneering spirit,” says Innogy chief operating officer for renewables, Hans Bünting.

“The first – and, for their time, most advanced – turbines began turning here in the 1980s. Significant progress has been made since then.”

Zuidwester is part of the larger 430MW Noordoostpolder onshore/offshore wind project that also includes the 144MW Westermeerwind near-shore array in the Ijsselmeer artificial lake.

“The Noordoostpolder wind energy project and its Zuidwester sub-project demonstrate that, with regard to restructuring of the energy system, renewables are pushing forward into large-scale industrial dimensions and effectively [using] limited land resources,” says Enercon managing director Hans-Dieter Kettwig.

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