Germany's RWE Innogy has commissioned its wind farm at Titz in the country's western mining area.
The commissioning caps a busy year to date in the region, which has seen 10 wind farms created by plant manufacturer REpower Systems SE having been erected near the location of RWE's Garzweiler open-cast mine.
Each wind turbine at Titz stands 150 metres high overall. The wind farm has been designed for a total electric output of 20.5 megawatts.
“We are thrilled to see our turbine blades turning at Titz," said Dr. Hans Bünting, CEO of RWE Innogy. "Our beacon project in the expansion of renewables in the Rhenish mining area is now contributing power to the grid.
"Our Jüchen project will add another wind farm to the mining area at the end of this year – thanks in part to the close co-operation with our RWE Power affiliate,” he added.
Jürgen Frantzen, Mayor of Titz local authority, added: “The RWE wind farm and another one in the south of our municipality are already generating more power than all the businesses and households in Titz consume. That’s our contribution to the energy turnaround, and we are proud of it.”
Titz is the first wind farm project in the Rhenish mining area to be developed to construction-readiness in co-operation with the BMR Windenergie based in Hückelhoven.
The project has been built on a site of about 90 hectares in the north of the municipality of Titz. The wind farm should generate up to 55,000 megawatt-hours of climate-friendly energy per year -- enough supply around 15,000 households per year and save around 42,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Green GECCO, a joint venture between 29 municipal utilities and RWE Innogy, took over the wind farm at the end of June.