First turbine in at Nordsee Ost

The first of 48 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines has been installed at the 295MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm, Senvion and RWE said.

The 6.15MW turbines are being installed at water depths of 22 to 25 metres at the site about 35km north of the island of Heligoland.

The wind park is expected to be commissioned in the spring of 2015.

“We are delighted that the first turbines for Nordsee Ost are now in the water," Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen said.

"A successful energy revolution needs onshore and offshore and wind power in general needs reliable conditions. We consider the acceleration model currently included in Germany’s Renewable Energy Act 'EEG 2.0' as reasonable compensation that financing will build on.”

Germany's parliament on Friday had approved a reform of the country's Renewable Energies Act (EEG) that includes an extension for two years until the end of the decade of the so-called "compression model" or "acceleration model" for offshore feed-in tariffs (FITs).

Under the model, wind park operators can opt for higher FITs during the first eight years of operation in order to meet high upfront investment costs in offshore wind.

Senvion is a unit of Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon.