Wind farm boosts renewable energy production

The Kukinia wind farm in north-west Poland reduces the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and energy imports while working to meet increasing demand for electricity. The farm also helps Poland to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with international, European and national requirements.

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The project, which was completed in 2013, provided for the construction and erection of 14 wind turbines, with a total generating capacity of 28 megawatts (MW). Installation of the wind farm in the Kołobrzeg district of the Zachodniopomorskie region also included:

  • The towers and foundations for the turbines;
  • Access roads and vehicle circulation areas;
  • A transformer and switching station;
  • The necessary energy and telecommunications networks.

Contributing to the Europe 2020 growth objectives

The wind farm is capable of producing 92 796.6 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity every year. As it delivers its green energy, the farm is helping Poland to meet a number of the EU’s Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. These call for greenhouse gas emissions to be at least 20 % lower than in 1990 and for 20 % of energy to be generated from renewable sources by the end of the decade.

This project was partially self-financing as the turbines generate revenue based on selling electricity and green certificates.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Building of KUKINIA wind farm of 28 MW” is EUR 58 694 069, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 9 801 926 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Environment-friendly energy infrastructure and energy efficiency”.

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