Rijkswaterstaat and Eneco sign agreement for first subsidy-free onshore wind farm

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Eneco and Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works, signed an agreement on 25 March to build and operate the Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm. The wind farm, to be built on a sea defence work, is the first subsidy-free onshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The energy company won the tender in February of this year. The wind farm will be built on State grounds. The State will also be purchasing the generated power from the future wind farm for a period of 25 years. This, combined with very favourable wind conditions, enables the wind farm to be subsidy-free.

The production should be enough to provide the entire Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, including Rijkswaterstaat, of 100% green electricity. Possible surplus will be used for other State departments. With the wind farm planned to become operational in 2023, this means that the Ministry will reach its renewable targets 7 years earlier than planned.

The Maasvlakte 2 project was developed by Rijkswaterstaat in cooperation with the province of Zuid-Holland, the municipality of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, Government Real Estate Agency and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.