RWE expands German renewables with two new wind farms


Germany – The German Federal Network Agency has awarded RWE the Grevenbroich wind farm in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Bartelsdorf 2 project in Lower Saxony.

These positive decisions will enable RWE to accelerate its renewables expansion in Germany. This year, the company will invest approximately €60 million in three new onshore construction projects, including Sandbostel-Bevern, Grevenbroich, and Bartelsdorf 2.

Three Nordex units totaling 5.7 megawatts (MW) are being built at the site in the Rhenish mining region. The Grevenbroich wind farm, with a total installed capacity of 17.1 MW, is set to begin construction in the second quarter of 2022 and is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

RWE will add five Nordex turbines to its existing wind farm Bartelsdorf in the rural district of Rotenburg (Wümme) between Hamburg and Bremen, bringing the total to 21. This will increase the wind farm’s capacity by 28.5 MW. In this case, construction is set to begin in the summer of 2022, with completion in 2023. Two of the newly constructed units will be transferred to Bürgergesellschaft Heidland Wind GmbH & Co. KG, a local citizens’ cooperative, while the others will be operated by RWE.

Growing Green

RWE’s “Growing Green” strategy includes both onshore projects. By the end of the decade, the company will have invested a total of €50 billion in its core business, increasing its green generation capacity to 50 gigatonnes. It intends to invest up to €15 billion in offshore and onshore wind, solar, batteries, flexible generation, and hydrogen in Germany alone. RWE has advertised 200 new positions in Germany for the development of onshore wind and utility-scale photovoltaic plants in order to maintain the company’s rapid growth.