Wind Park Fryslân supplies Fryslân with green energy.
Each turbine of Wind Park Fryslân supplies 4.3 megawatts (MW). The wind park supplies 382.7 MW with a total of 89 wind turbines. This is enough energy for 500,000 households.
Nature is not forgotten during the construction of Wind Park Fryslân. Wind Park Fryslân will create an island of approximately 25 hectares below the surface and approximately 2 hectares above the surface to the south of the Afsluitdijk, at Kornwederzand. The island will be used as work island during the construction. The island will exclusively have a nature role from the moment the first wind turbine is operational. The nature island will be an attractive forage and resting area for birds with an adjacent artificial reef for fishes. The area will be protected against waves and tides using an 800-metre long dam.
The wind park will be built in the northern area of the IJsselmeer, around 6.5 kilometres from the Frisian coast. The wind turbines will be placed in the water as a cluster.
A power cable will be installed to transport the power from the wind park to the shore. This cable will run from the IJsselmeer to the Afsluitdijk, the A7, and subsequently to Bolsward.
Part of the revenue (€ 720,000) of the wind park will be deposited into a fund for a period of twenty years: the environment fund. This fund will be used to make the area around the wind park more beautiful and attractive. Residents of Fryslân may suggest initiatives themselves. The environment fund will be managed by representatives of social organisations.
The Province of Fryslân also considers transferring part of its financial participation to residents of the province after the commissioning of the production of the wind park in the form of bonds.
The first wind turbines of the wind park are expected to supply electricity in 2020. The wind park will be fully operational in 2021.
Wind Park Fryslân will be built by Zuiderzeewind, a group of the contractor Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The preparations have already begun. After the completion of the Wind Park, Siemens will be responsible for the maintenance activities for a period of 16 years.
Read more about the Wind Park Fryslân project on their website.