Vattenfall has signed a long-term purchasing agreement for renewable electricity from the new upgraded Zeewolde wind farm in the Netherlands.
Until the end of 2021, 220 existing wind turbines will be replaced by 91 larger and more powerful turbines which will produce more than 850 GWh every year.
According to the agreement, Vattenfall will purchase power from 83 of the new turbines with an installed capacity of more than 300 MW.
“This is the largest purchasing contract that Vattenfall has ever concluded for renewable energy in the Netherlands. Zeewolde wind farm will supply sustainable electricity to 250,000 Vattenfall customers,” says Erik Suichies, head of Vattenfall’s European wholesale customer business.
Zeewolde wind farm is owned by more than 200 farmers, residents and entrepreneurs from the outskirts of Zeewolde. Together they form the largest farmers / civil wind collective in Europe. The repowering work to exchange the existing wind turbines by more powerful turbines will start at the end of 2019 and is expected to last until the end of 2021.
“In Vattenfall we have a solid partner in the first place, one with extensive experience in this area. I also find it positive to see that a local organization such as ours and an internationally operating company like Vattenfall, know how to find each other,” says Managing Director Sjoerd Sieburgh Sjoerdsma at Windpark Zeewolde B.V.
With the Windpark Zeewolde agreement Vattenfall has now concluded purchase contracts in its various markets with a combined capacity of 6.5 GW.
“Vattenfall wants to make a fossil-free living possible within one generation. The purchase of sustainable electricity from this wind farm fits perfectly with that strategy. More and more people want to switch to sustainable energy. With this collaboration we can help to meet that demand,” says Peter Buskermolen, Senior Originator from Vattenfall.