The province of Flevoland has been investigating the possibility of developing and restructuring a wind farm in the region for a number of years. Now, a letter of intent has been signed for the regional plans for wind energy in the area and Nuon and SwifterwinT, a coaliton consisting of local farmers, land owners and residents, will jointly develop one of the projects, the repowering of the Flevoland wind farm. 74 old wind turbines with a capacity of 85 MW will be replaced with fewer and more powerful turbines. The new wind farm will have a total capacity of 215 MW consisting of 65 turbines and supply 172,000 households with renewable electricity.
The wind farm is a partnership where Nuon will own 28 of the new turbines and the rest is owned by SwifterwinT.
Engaging in stakeholders takes time and energy
Henk Kouwenhoven, wind developer at Nuon, has been involved in the project since the beginning of 2010 and, since that time, has drunk ‘a great deal of coffee’ in his ongoing liaison with stakeholders.
“In a process like this, it’s crucial to win the trust of future partners. And these partners want to be able to rely on Nuon. That takes a huge amount of time and energy”, he says.
Together with his colleagues, he makes sure that all the licences and agreements with local stakeholders have been finalised before the tender process gets under way.
“This declaration of intent is good news and is an important first step on the way to effective, sustainable plans for the future of the province of Flevoland. It means that everyone involved endorses the objectives of the wind plan and its value and benefits. Together, we will endeavour to achieve these objectives”, explains Henk Kouwenhoven.
“In wind projects, participation is crucial. This will certainly be the case here”, says Maarten Schoone, managing director of SwifterwinT.
“Anyone living in the immediate vicinity can invest in the project - both in development and in construction and operation.”
Other residents (including those living in the residential districts) will be able to get involved after the development phase.
Construction is due to start in 2020. The Dutch government will be responsible for the spatial aspects of development of the wind farm and coordination of the licensing process.