Turbine erection. Image credit: Statkraft

Renewable energy producer Statkraft has announced plans to develop and construct its first own wind farm in Germany.

The project will see up to six wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 36MW installed in the Wesertal valley in northern Hesse by 2025. The turbines are then expected to supply around 20,000 households with wind power each year and save around 54,000 tons of CO2.

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Statkraft began wind measurements in April 2021, a process that will continue for the next 12 months. The first results of the species protection surveys are expected to be available at the end of this year. The commissioning of the Oedelsheim wind farm is scheduled for 2025.

To keep the impact as low as possible, Statkraft is planning the wind turbines largely on damaged and tree-free areas.

“With the Oedelsheim wind farm, we are creating the basis for our market entry in Germany,” says Claus Urbanke, head of wind & solar in Germany. “The project is an important step in achieving our Group strategy of developing 8,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy worldwide by 2025.”

Statkraft will offer residents of the Wesertal and Uslar communities the opportunity to participate financially in the wind farm with a citizen wind turbine and an additional subordinated loan. Furthermore, municipalities will be offered the maximum amount of 0.2 cents for each kilowatt-hour generated, which has been permitted under the EEG since January 2021. This additional revenue for the municipalities can add up to around 160,000 euros per year.