Dutch energy company Eneco and local energy cooperative Lek en IJssel Stroom are joining forces in making the Lopikerwaard region in the province of Utrecht more sustainable. As a first step, the partners are exploring the possibilities of replacing the existing Lopik wind farm with a new and more efficient wind farm.
Eneco announced today, March 3, 2021, that the two parties have signed a cooperation agreement. Eneco is the operator of the current Lopik Wind Farm, which consists of 3 wind turbines at the De Copen industrial estate in Lopik. The turbines, with a hub height of 80 meters and a tip height of 120 meters, have been operational since 2007 and produce about 13 GWh annually.
Eneco has been planning to replace the existing turbines for higher units with more power for years.
The energy cooperative Lek en IJssel Stroom was established in May 2020, in close consultation with the local sustainability initiatives, Klimaat Neutraal IJsselstein, Duurzaam Lopikerwaard, Duurzaam Montfoort and Energie Oudewater. The local cooperative must give substance to the local component of the project.
The parties anticipate that repowering of the existing wind turbines will be part of the final offer for the RES (Regional Energy Strategies) that will be determined in the coming months. Source: Eneco