Essent will purchase the produced electricity from two onshore wind farms in the province of Groningen. The decision is in line with the energy company’s wish to increase its offer in locally produced green power and contribute to the energy transition in the Netherlands.
The two wind farms concerned are Eekerpolder and Oostpolder. These wind farms in the province of Groningen are being developed by innogy and should become operational this Autumn and end of next summer, respectively. As of that moment, Essent will purchase the full electricity production on a 15-year contract.
Suzan Schakenraad, Chief Operating Officer at Essent: “The Netherlands is currently lacking behind in sustainable energy but has at the same time ambitious targets. Essent wants to actively contribute to these targets. That is the reason that we will purchase the green power from the two wind farms in Groningen. This way we will be able to provide around 100,000 additional households with Dutch green electricity. BY way of comparison: this is the equivalent of all households in Nijmegen.”
The Eekerpolder Wind Farm comprises 15 wind turbines. It is part of a larger wind development project, the N33 Wind Farm which consists of 35 turbines in total and has an expected annual yield of approximately 500 GWh. N33 is an initiative by the cooperation Windpark N33’ (Blaaswind BV (initiated by land owners from Veendam and Menterwolde) and Yard Energy) and innogy Windpower Netherlands. The wind turbines are from Siemens Gamesa, type DD-130 R19 with a hub hight of 135 m and a tip height of almost 200 m.
Oostpolder Wind Farm
Innogy, Waddenwind and a farmer are realising a wind farm in the Oostpolder with 21 wind turbines that will have a total installed capacity of 100 MW. innogy owns 8 of the 21 wind turbines.