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RWE has been awarded the contract to repower an onshore wind turbine in Lengerich, Germany by the German Federal Network Agency. The repowering project will involve replacing an old 1.8-MW turbine with a new 5.7-MW turbine. This will increase electricity production by about 400%, from 1,000 households to 4,000 households.
RWE has already begun dismantling the old turbine, which has been in operation since 2003. The new turbine will be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year, and construction will begin in the winter. The new turbine is expected to be operational next year.
The surrounding municipalities will also benefit from the repowering project. RWE will voluntarily pay 0.2 cents for every kilowatt hour produced to the municipalities in the vicinity. This means that the municipalities can expect to receive around 28,000 euros per year, compared to 7,000 euros without repowering.
Agata Schallenberg, RWE’s head of wind energy and solar park construction in Germany, said, “Over the entire construction period, a total of around 50 colleagues, including various partner companies, will be involved, working hand in hand. In repowering projects, our challenge is to ensure that old turbines remain connected to the grid and produce green electricity for as long as possible, while we simultaneously start preparations for the construction of the new turbines. Because every green kilowatt hour counts.”