RWE Starts Building New Wind Farm in Rhenish lignite area

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Green energy major RWE said it started building a new wind farm in the Rhenish lignite area. RWE’s engineers are preparing the ground for developing the construction site and road works.

RWE is erecting six wind turbines with a total output of 34.2 MW on recultivated areas of the Inden opencast mine in the Duren district. The company was awarded the contract for the project by the Federal Network Agency in December last year. RWE did not reveal the investment details.

Katja Wunschel, CEO RWE Renewables Europe & Australia, said: “Aldenhoven is another example of how well the energy transition is progressing in the Rhenish lignite area. The expansion of renewables has accelerated significantly in recent years.”

The wind turbines in Aldenhoven will be connected to RWE Power’s transformer substation in the Inden opencast mine and feed the electricity generated into the power grid via the existing infrastructure. Once they are commissioned in the summer of 2025, the plants will produce enough green electricity to cover the calculated annual demand of around 24,000 households.

RWE already operates several wind and solar farms on recultivation sites – including the “RWE indeland Solarpark” at the Inden opencast mine. Since 2022, the plant with 26,500 solar modules and integrated battery storage has been supplying more than 3,500 households with climate-neutral electricity.

RWE plans to implement wind and photovoltaic projects with a total output of around 1,000 MW by 2030 in North Rhine-Westphalia alone and is looking for suitable land for this purpose. Landowners can find more information at

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