German utility RWE has started building the 67MW Königshovener Höhe wind farm in North Rhine-Westphalia state together with the city of Bedburg, which owns a 49% stake in the development.
German manufacturer Senvion in a first phase will supply
and install 12 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.2MW each at the site, which is
reclaimed from the Garzweiler opencast mine. The investment volume for this
totals about €70m ($97m).
“The plans for wind farms such as here in Bedburg are an
important milestone in the energy and climate policy of the state,” said
Johannes Remmel, minister for climate protection and environment of the state
of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Moreover, the erection on an opencast mining site is a
prime example of the upcoming structural change which is currently unfolding.”
The first 12 wind turbines will be commissioned in the
fourth quarter of 2014, RWE said.