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Vestas wins 132MW Polish turbine order from SWM

The order is for the Jasna wind project in Northern Poland that was successful in a 1GW tender last year

Danish wind OEM Vestas has won a 132MW order to supply the Jasna wind project in Northern Poland from German utility Stadtwerke München (SWM), which had taken the project over from a unit of German developer PNE Group.

The project was successful in Poland’s 1GW wind-solar auction last November that was won exclusively by wind projects.

The order is Vestas’ largest ever in the Eastern European country and takes its order intake from the Poland's latest auction round to 220MW.

After the success of last year’s auction, Poland plans to tender off another about 2.5GW in wind capacity this year, but the government has been criticised for not including fresh onshore wind capacity in a draft of a long-term energy plan through 2040. Warsaw has, however, scrapped plans floated earlier this year for retroactive cuts to already operating onshore wind farms.

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“With the realisation of the Jasna wind farm, our renewable energies expansion campaign will take a further step forward. It will be our first major renewable project in Poland,” SWM chief executive Florian Bieberbach said.

“By 2025, SWM aims to generate enough green power in its own installations to supply all of Munich, making Munich the first city with over a million inhabitants worldwide to reach this target.”

SWM is well on course to meet its 2025 target of 100% renewable power for Bavaria’s capital city with its 1.5m inhabitants and industries such as BMW. But the target is a theoretical one, as not all the power generated by the utility can be transported directly to Munich due to grid bottlenecks or large distances.

Vestas will deliver 39 of its V126-3.45 MW turbines for the Jasna project near Gdansk, with both 3.45MW and load optimised 3.3MW ratings, as well as 117m and 137m hub heights.

The contract includes a 20-year service agreement.

Turbine delivery is expected to start in the second quarter of next year, while commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2020.

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