Vattenfall sells its 4 Nij Hiddum-Houw wind turbines to local authorities

Energy company Vattenfall has sold its four wind turbines of the onshore wind farm Nij Hiddum-Houw near Cornwerd in the province of Friesland to the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân and the Water Authority Wetterskip Fryslân.

Wind farm Nij Hiddum-Houw consists of nine Enercon, type E136 EP5, wind turbines, each with a hub height of 109 metres, rotor diameter of 136 metres, tip height of 177 metres and a capacity of 4.65 MW. Construction of these was completed by the end of 2022. In mid-August that year, the first power was already delivered to the grid. With an installed capacity of almost 42 MW, the wind turbines will produce an expected 160,000 MWh per year.

The Nij Hiddum-Houw project is an initiative of Vattenfall and Gooyum-Houw BV , a partnership of 45 private individuals and companies in the area. Vattenfall owns four wind turbines and Gooyum-Houw BV owns the remaining five wind turbines. The nine wind turbines replace smaller wind turbines in the region.

Vattenfall has now transferred its four wind turbines in the wind farm to the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân and Wetterskip Fryslân. Together, the two authorities are investing around 40 million euros. With the wind turbines, the municipality and the water authority can generate their own electricity consumption sustainably.

Local benefits

According to alderman Henk de Boer, the purchase will enable a better distribution of the benefits, burdens and say for local residents. Local residents will be able to benefit from the wind farm by buying bonds. A total of 10,000 bonds will be issued. In addition, local residents can also benefit from the Nij Hiddum-Houw area fund. Money from this fund can be used for social and cultural projects in the area within 6 kilometres around the wind farm. Source: Municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân ©Foto Hoge Noorden Jacob Van Essen Wons

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