Swedish power company Vattenfall and German communal company Stadtwerke München have successfully completed the construction and officially inaugurated the 288 MW Sandbank offshore wind farm this week, making way for enough clean electricity for 400,000 German households.
This past Sunday, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München officially inaugurated the 288 megawatt (MW) Sandbank offshore wind farm, located 90 kilometres off the German island of Sylt. This is the second of the large Energiewende projects for Germany, after the 288 MW Dan Tysk offshore wind farm. Together, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München now have 576 MW worth of installed offshore wind capacity, which makes them some of the largest producers of renewable electricity in the German Bight.
The Sandbank project is made up of 72 wind turbines, and is expected to provide renewable electricity equivalent to what is used by 400,000 German households, avoiding 700,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
“It is our ambition to power climate smarter living and to become CO2 free in one generation,” said Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President of Vattenfall and Head of Business Area Wind. “I think the start of Sandbank is a further proof to Vattenfall’s strategy of continuing to push the transformation of our production portfolio towards renewable energies.”
“Both companies and the entire Sandbank team has done a great job. That is also reflected by the fact that the wind farm construction could be finished three months earlier than originally planned.”
“Sandbank is another major project of our Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign,” added Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Stadtwerke München’s Chief Executive Officer. “It brings us a great step closer to our goal of 100 percent green electricity for Munich by 2025. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the development of this powerful eco-power plant.”