Wind farm brings renewable energy to western Poland

A new wind farm, built in the village of Golice near the Polish border with Germany, is generating “green” electricity for the national grid while cutting down on CO2 emissions.

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The wind farm, which is the first in the country, increases the supply of energy from renewable resources in Poland. This is helping the country to meet its international commitments for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which stand at 15 % by 2020.

Energy security

Along with providing a reliable renewable source of power, the wind farm also brings greater energy security to Poland by diversifying supply and by reducing the need to import energy from abroad.

The local population will also benefit from an improved electricity supply and lower air pollution.

Power production

The 19 turbines have been operational since 2012, and together are capable of producing 38 mega-watts of power. The turbines are tailored to work with low-intensity winds. The adjustable angle of the rotor blades, depending on wind condition, allow for a balance between the maintaining power production at a maximum level, whilst minimising noise levels.

Construction of the wind farm consisted of the following elements:

  • Laying of foundations for the turbines
  • Laying power and fibre-optic telecommunications cables
  • The purchase and assembly of 19 wind turbines
  • Building a distribution sub-station with transformers
  • Development of access roads and parking areas, and
  • Connecting the site to the electricity grid.

The project is expected to create around 600 direct and indirect jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Golice Wind Farm” is EUR 55 866 309, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 10 000 000 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority “Environment-friendly energy infrastructure and energy efficiency”.

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