Zeewolde Wind Park probably is one of the Netherlands’s largest wind farms on land. It is being built in the outskirts of the municipality of Zeewolde, east of Almere. The aim is to replace the 220 solitary mills currently in the area with 91 large in-line mills. As from 2020, Zeewolde Wind Park will supply clean energy to about 280,000 households; 2.5 times more than the current mills generate. Windpark Zeewolde B.V, the initiator of the park, shall be responsible for the installation of the new turbines as well as for the renovation of the existing mills. That is a condition of the municipality of Zeewolde and the province of Flevoland. The current mills are expected to be broken down within five years after the construction of the new wind park.
For and by the region
It is especially important that the project be made financially and organizationally possible by residents and entrepreneurs in the area. That is unique for a park of this size, with a strong impetus on the regional economy. All residents, agricultural entrepreneurs and property owners from the development area could join the Wind and Development Association until November 2016. On November 18th, this body was transformed into Windpark Zeewolde B.V, which has 200 shareholders.
Read more here about the construction. The members together finance the development of Zeewolde Wind Park. The Zeewolde Wind Park is thus literally developed by the area. Citizens in the immediate vicinity of the park are also given the opportunity to participate through De Nieuwe Molenaars (the New Millers), which was established in February 2017.
Read more here about The New Millers.
The wind park in 5 minutes
During the Open Wind Day in June 2016, Zeewolde Local Broadcasting interviewed Chairman Wim Veldboom and Alderman Gerben Dijksterhuis about the wind park and wind power in the municipality. This provided a good summary of the plans and objectives of the municipality within a few minutes. See the video below.
Facts and figures about Zeewolde Wind Park
|Number of existing mills||220|
|Intended number of new mills||91|
|Expected start of construction||2020|
|Height per mill||90 to 150 meters (axle height), 100 to 140 meters (rotor diameter) and a tip height of up to 220 meters.|
|Capacity per mill||approximately 3.5 MW|
|Total capacity||approximately 320 MW|
|Power output||approximately 850,000 MWh per year|
|Enough energy for||approximately 280,000 households per year|
|Avoided CO2 emissions||approximately 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year|