Half of Dan Tysk turbines in

Half of the 80 Siemens 3.6MW turbines at the 288MW Dan Tysk wind park off the German North Sea coast have been installed, Munich utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) said. 

SWM is building the offshore wind farm together with Swedish utility Vattenfall.

The installation of all 80 turbines is expected to be completed by the fall, weather conditions permitting.

Dan Tysk is part of SWM's strategy to provide all of Munich's 1.4 million inhabitants and its industry 100% with renewable energies by 2025.

"The progress at the Dan Tysk project confirms that we are on the right path together with Vattenfall. Offshore wind is an important pillar in our renewable energy strategy," says Christian Vogt, head of SWM's mergers and acquisitions department.

"The implementation of further projects also in Germany is conceivable, given stable legal framework conditions," he added in a hint the utility could lift its German investment freeze.

In reaction to plans by Germany's previous Conservative-Liberal government to harshly cut support for renewables and even introduce retroactive measures, SWM early last year said it will halt all planned investments in RE projects in Germany.

The plans were stopped short by Germany's powerful states, and the new Conservative-Social Democratic government has now pushed through a reform to the country's Renewable Energies Act (EEG) that foresees somewhat milder cuts to support but has also been criticised by Green groups as likely to slow down the expansion of renewables.