Nordex joy at subsidy-free Scottish wind project

The order is one of several merchant orders spreading across Europe as prices fall and support is phased out

Wind OEM Nordex has won an order for ten of its N133/4.8MW strong-wind turbines for the subsidy-free Crossdykes project in Scotland, adding to the growing number of merchant wind farms in Europe.

It is the first order for the manufacturer’s strong-wind variant of its Delta4000 series.

"The wind farm will be operated without financial support from the government,” Nordex chief sales officer Patxi Landa said.

“This shows that the production of electricity from wind power using the latest technology at very good sites can compete with conventional sources of energy."

Construction work at the project 13km north east of Lockerbie by independent developer Muirhall Energy is slated to start still this year. Nordex will provide maintenance and service for the wind farm for a period of 20 years.

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The order for Crossdykes is made public just a day after Danish OEM Vestas announced a support-free order for a 60MW wind project in Finland by OX2.

As subsidies are being reduced or phased out across Europe and wind turbines get more potent and cheaper at the same time, merchant projects on land have been popping up across Europe – with first support-free orders won in Italy, Croatia, and several northern European countries.

“We are delighted to be starting construction on what will be one of the first subsidy-free developments to come online in the UK,” said Muirhall managing director Chris Walker.

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