The Gode Wind 2 offshore wind farm has started producing power and feeding it into the German electricity grid, according to developer DONG Energy.
Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy made the announcement on its website on Thursday, revealing that the 252 MW offshore wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea, northwest of Norderney, has begun generating and feeding electricity into the German grid. Gode Wind 2 consists of 42 wind turbines producing enough power to supply the equivalent of approximately 260,000 German households each year.
“It is a huge milestone that we started producing power, and I am glad that with our wind farm Gode Wind 2 we can contribute considerably to the German energy transition,” said Trine Borum Bojsen, Country Manager of DONG Energy and responsible for the offshore wind business in Germany.
Gode Wind 2, in conjunction with its sister site Gode Wind 1, were both expected to reach construction completion in 2016, and together will have a total capacity of 582 MW, supplying the equivalent power to supply approximately 600,000 households.
DONG Energy holds a 50% share in both projects. The remaining 50% of Gode Wind 2 is owned by a consortium of four Danish pension funds — PKA, Industriens Pension, Lærernes Pension, and Lægernes Pensionskasse. DONG Energy also announced last year that it had divested 50% ownership in the Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading global and independent private equity infrastructure investment fund.
The news comes less than a week after DONG Energy shored up its own position as the world’s leading offshore wind developer with two announcements, including the acquisition of 1,000 MW worth of assigned development project rights in New Jersey. DONG Energy also announced the divestment of 50% in the Burbo Bank Wind Farm to Danish pension provider PKA and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group.