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Shared communal success: Our reference projects

The success of a wind farm is due to many factors, such as know-how, experience, and a concept that’s precisely tailored to the needs on-site. For us, wind power comes down to teamwork. That’s why it’s no coincidence that many of our successful and positively received projects were developed in close cooperation with municipalities and citizens. Here are a few examples:

Köhlen wind farm in Cuxhaven county

Köhlen is one of the largest wind farms in northern Germany. Together with its partner PNE AG, EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN has built 16 Enercon E-101 three-megawatt plants. Since its commissioning in May 2017, the wind farm has become an integral part of the village and its surroundings. For residents, the benefits are twofold, the first being that they are supplied with regionally generated, climate-friendly energy. Secondly, as private citizens, they can actively participate and take advantage of savings bonds. Regardless of the wind farm’s economic development, all investors in the vicinity of the Köhlen, Großenhain, and Heinschenwalde wind farms receive a guaranteed interest rate of five percent per year over the ten-year period.

Hatten wind farm in Oldenburg country

In 2016, EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIE completed eight Vestas 112 turbines with a capacity of 3.3 megawatts each near the village of Hatten. Two of the plants have since been taken over by the landowners, with the energy experts at EWE continuing to be the responsible operator. The citizens of Hatten have welcomed the savings bonds: In cooperation with the Oldenburg savings and loan bank, they receive a fixed interest rate of five percent for their invested money over ten years, regardless of any operational risks of the wind farm.

Spolsen wind farm in Friesland

In the municipality of Zetel, EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN has constructed two Vestas plants in the 3-megawatt class. In all, they cover 80 % of the local electricity demand. EWE has been operating the wind farm in the Spolsen district since 2013, together with local participation:

EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN planned and built the wind farm in close cooperation with the municipality. After commissioning, the municipality and landowners each participated in 30 % of the project.

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