New customer places 28 MW order in Germany, highlighting project management expertise as key to choosing Vestas
New customer Ebert Erneuerbare Energien Projekt GmbH & Co. KG, a family-owned enterprise, has placed a 28 MW order for eight V136-3.45 MW turbines for the Grohnde-Kirchohsen wind park in Lower Saxony in Northern Germany.
Leveraging more than 30 years of experience in the German market, Vestas’ extensive expertise in project management helped the customer through a challenging process where the project faced multiple legal and administrative obstacles.
“Our project faced administrative challenges like project delays and a changing legal framework and Vestas proved to be a reliable partner in solving these. Leveraging their extensive product knowledge as well as siting expertise, Vestas optimised our low wind site. Consequently, Vestas offered a cost-effective project while at the same time ensuring a long-term profitable operation of our wind project in Grohnde-Kirchohsen despite a reduced tariff according to EEG 2017,” states Dr. Tim Ebert, Owner, Ebert Erneuerbare Energien Projekt GmbH & Co. KG.
The wind park is an example of the German energy market’s rapid transformation from nuclear and fossils to renewables, as the eight turbines will be installed next to the Grohnde nuclear power plant that is set to be closed in 2021.
“With the site’s proximity to a closing nuclear power plant, it is a great visual symbol of wind energy’s increasingly strong position. We will continue to support our new customer with our efficient service and broad project management expertise utilising our profound experience in the German market,” says Nils de Baar, President Vestas Central Europe.
The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines and a full-scope service agreement (AOM 5000) for 20 years. The service agreement also includes the VestasOnline® Compact SCADA solution. Wind turbine delivery and commissioning are planned for the second half of 2018.
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About Ebert Erneuerbare Energien
Founded 1998, the company is located in Kiel and Braunschweig (Cremlingen) and stands for 100% Renewable Energy. A team of competent and engaged employees is realizing wind park projects across Germany, from planning, construction and operation to service.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on wind power solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with 87 GW of wind turbines in 76 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 73 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 22,700 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.
The headquarters of Vestas Central Europe is located in Hamburg, Germany. The business unit is responsible for the sales and marketing of wind power systems as well as for the installation and operation of wind power plants in Germany, Benelux, Austria, Russia, Eastern Europe and Southern and Eastern Africa.